The Colours in Me: Writing and poetry by adopted children and young people

Harris, Perlita, ed. 2008. The Colours in Me: Writing and poetry by adopted children and young people. London: British Association for Adoption and Fostering. ISBN 978 1 905664 59 7 [Edited Book]

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What do adopted children and young people really feel about being adopted? How do they feel about being parted from birth parents and siblings? How much do they remember of their “previous” lives?

The Colours in Me is a unique collection of poetry, prose and artwork by adopted children and young people. Eighty contributors – ranging from four to 20 years of age – tell it like it is, revealing what it feels like and what it means to be adopted. With extraordinary clarity and candour they describe the huge changes that adoption brings and the impact of these changes on their identity, their relationships and their understanding of the meaning of “family”.

The book is divided into five sections exploring many aspects of the adoption experience:

life before adoption;

on being adopted;
on being parted from birth family;
staying in touch;
revisiting birth places.
A concluding section contains a series of poignant and encouraging messages to other adopted children/people, adoptive parents and social workers. Amy, aged 17, writes: 'All you adopted people! Believe in yourself, believe you can make it, believe in those around you, believe that you are loved, and believe that YOUR life has probably changed for the better!' This highly original and thought-provoking book - the first of its kind in the UK - is a must-read not only for adopted people and their parents, but also for social workers, psychologists, teachers and anyone else seeking to understand what it is like to be adopted.

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Edited Book

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Social, Therapeutic & Community Engagement (STaCS)



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13 Nov 2014 09:14

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10 Jul 2017 10:33


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