In this episode, I was honored to interview Melissa Guida-Richards, the author of the book What White Parents Should Know About Transracial Adoption: An Adopteeʼs Perspective on its History, Nuances, and Practices. We talk about what inspired her to write the book, her personal experience as a transracial adoptee with white parents, and advice that she has to help white parents on their parenting journey and how to best support their children.
Melissa Guida-Richards is an author, adoptee, and advocate based in Pennsylvania. She was adopted in 1993 from Colombia to a family in the USA. Her work has appeared in The Independent, Insider, Huffington Post, Zora, ElectricLit, and more. She has also been interviewed by Good Day L.A., NBCLX, BBC Radio 4, Do the Work, and more. Melissa is also the founder and creator of the Adoptee Thoughts Instagram and Podcast that she created to help elevate adoptee voices and educate adoptive parents on the nuances and complexity of adoption.
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