The Colour of Time

A new book, The Colour of Time: A Longitudinal Exploration of the Impact of Intercountry Adoption in Australia is to be released in June this year.

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This is the sequel to The Colour of Difference: Journeys in Transracial Adoption by Federation Press, 2001 (no longer available in print but can be purchased as an ebook at Google Play).

The Colour of Time follows the journeys of 13 of the original 27 contributors from The Colour of Difference.  Reading about their experiences 15 years on, you will gain a greater understanding of how the adoption journey is navigated over time as adoptees mature and age.  The book looks at whether things change, and if so, how?

Included in The Colour of Time is a new younger generation of 15 intercountry adoptees, some as  young as 18 through to others in their early 30s.  They shed light on whether the issues they’ve experienced mirror the complexities raised by the older generation in The Colour of Difference.  Has the mandatory education for prospective parents made a difference?  Has racism been an issue compared to those raised in the 70s and 80s, post White Australia Policy era?  Has greater awareness of the complexities highlighted in The Colour of Difference made any impact?

Overall, the book The Colour of Time includes 28 intercountry adoptees raised in Australia and adopted from 13 birth countries.  The book provides a snapshot of some issues faced over the life long journey of being adopted, specific to intercountry adoption.  These range from being young adults finishing high school wrestling with identity issues, searching and reuniting, navigating dating relationships, becoming parents, chosing to remain single, navigating post reunion relationships, losing adoptive or biological parents through age, resolving or learning to manage traumas and mental health issues long term, and much, much more …

The Colour of Time is a must read for those interested in gaining a deeper understanding of the life long journey of intercountry adoption, whether an adoptive parent, an adoptee, an adoption professional, or anyone interested in adoption.

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Many of the book participants aim to attend and it will be a great way to celebrate this amazing milestone in recognising and recording Australia’s history in intercountry adoption.  The book will be available with limited print copies and unlimited as an ebook.  Details as to how to obtain a copy will be provided in the next few months.

This project is a joint initiative between International Social Service (ISS) Australia, The Benevolent Society – Post Adoption Resource Centre (PARC), and InterCountry Adoptee Voices (ICAV).

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Special thanks to the Australian Government Department of Social Services (DSS) who funded the project.

4 thoughts on “The Colour of Time

  1. Jan Williamso

    Excited about this book. Will there be launches in ither states and if so , is there a timetable?

  2. If any Australian intercountry adoptee wants a hardcopy, best to visit ur state ISS office as they have copies. Alternatively, you can mail me an Express Post mailbag to me at PO Box 6550 Baulkham Hills NSW 2153 and I’ll mail you a copy. Size is A5 at 15mm thick.

    The other opportunity to grab a hardcopy is to attend the Post Launch Celebrations for adult intercountry adoptees at each major State. RSVPs are essential so we know how many copies of the books to bring to these events for distribution.

    VICTORIA
    Date: Friday, July 7
    Time: 7 – 10 PM
    Venue: Henrietta’s Chicken Shop, 1 Fulham Place, CBD, Melbourne
    Who: Adoptees & Partners welcome.
    Please RSVP so we can getting the booking right and so we know how many hardcopy books are needed.
    RSVP: Sue Bylund bylund@email.com

    PERTH
    Date: Friday 14 July
    Time: 7-9pm
    Venue: Phi Yen, 205 Brisbane Street (Cnr Lake Street), NORTHBRIDGE, 6003
    Who: Adoptees & partners welcome.
    RSVP: Leanne Tololeski leanne.tololeski@gmail.com

    QUEENSLAND
    Date: Sunday 30 July
    Time: 9:30am onwards as International Adoption Day 2017
    Venue: Citipointe College, 322 Wecker Rd, Carindale
    Who: Adoptees, adoptive families, partners, anyone
    RSVP: Anna Kopeikin anna.kopeikin@gmail.com

    ADELAIDE
    Date:
    Time:
    Venue:
    Who:
    RSVP: Min Mednis minmednis@hotmail.com
    Details will be provided ASAP.

    Please feel free to pass this information around the ICA networks in Australia.
    Regards
    Lynelle

    1. Deborah Vertessy

      Hi Lynelle. Congratulations on the book and all your hard work in making it happen. I’d love a copy and will send an express post mailbag to you. How much is the book? Regards, Deborah

      1. Deborah .. the book is avail for free but people just need to pay for the postage hence the Express Post bags you send to us.
        Cheers
        Lynelle

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