Episode 44 | The Realities of Transnational & Interracial Adoption
“Adoption is not a fairytale. It is not a rescue.”
-Melinda, adoptive mother of 2
This month we are focusing on Transnational Adoption and hearing the stories of 3 families who are perfectly blended, where at least one member of the family is South Asian.
- What are the things adoptive parents need to be aware of before adopting from India?
- What is it like to be Indian parents of an adopted African-American child?
- What is it like to be two Australian parents living in India with two adopted Indian children?
This week, we talk to Mahi. She and her husband are an Indian American couple in a metropolitan city in the US. They both work in communities where they serve low-income African American families and have felt the desire to foster and adopt a child from that community. Their open-minded, welcoming approach will touch your heart. Mahi dives into cultural adaptation and how her Indian family has reacted to welcoming a black child into their multicultural family. She also shares the importance for support and friendships in community.
Our second guest is Melinda. Melinda, a white Australian, lived in India for 25 years doing social work. She and her husband adopted 2 children from India and raised them there before moving to Australia. She shares difficult truths behind the pain and rage that adoptees can feel when being separated from their birth families. Melinda sheds light on the importance of doing your research and being deeply committed to supporting your child through the identity challenges they will go through as an adoptee.
If you missed Part 1, where Jacob, a Tibetan-Nepali man shares his journey of being adopted and growing up in the US, check out Episode 43.
The Invisible India Podcast’s opening and closing music is performed by Christopher Hale on Sitar and Ed Hanley on Tabla.