What do adopted children and young people really feel about being adopted? How do they feel about being parted from birth parents and siblings and, for some, their country of birth? How much do they remember of their "previous" lives?
Over one hunddred contributors tell it like it is. Intensely moving, this collection of prose, poetry and artwork reveals how it feels and what it means to be adopted. With extraordinary clarity and candour the contributors - ranging from 4 to 20 years of age - describe the huge changes that adoption brings and the impact of these on their identity, their relationships and understanding of the meaning of "family".
Five sections explore many aspects of the adoption experience: adoption life stories; on being adopted; on being apart from birth family; staying in touch; and revisiting birth place. A concluding section contains a series of poignant and encouraging messages to other adopted children/people, adoptive parents, social workers, therapists and teachers.
The Colours in Me is a highly original, thought-provoking book - a must-read not only for adopted children and adults and their parents, but for social workers, therapists, teachers and anyone else seeking to understand what it is like to be adopted.
"All you adopted people!:Believe, 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!" Amy (age 17)