InterCountry Adoptee Voices ICAV was founded in 1998 by Lynelle Long (nee Beveridge) as a result of this book.
Lynelle first met other intercountry adoptees for the first time as a result of 27 adoptees working together on a project with the Post Adoption Resource Centre (PARC) in NSW, Australia to write a book about our experiences as adoptees. The book is called The Colour of Difference – Journeys in Transracial Adoption and was published in 2001 by Federation Press. The book is no longer available in hardcopy from Federation Press but can be purchased (new or used) from Amazon USA or Amazon UK or as an e-book at GooglePlay.
The Colour of Difference is a collection of personal stories and photographs giving some unique insights into what it is like to grow up in a family where you are of a different race to those around you. We hope readers are able to learn about racism, about the sense of loss that adoption can create, about the love within many of these families, and importantly, about what has made the difference between a positive and a negative experience of adoption. We wrote with honesty about our struggles to incorporate a positive racial identity into our sense of self and hope to teach readers about the real impact of intercountry and transracial adoption.
The book is prefaced by a detailed introduction by PARC and is aimed at anyone affected by adoption. It will be of particular interest to those involved in transracial adoption situations, prospective adoptive parents and to health and welfare professionals.
Read Lynelle’s speech at the Launch of the book.
Late in 2016, a project run by International Social Services Australia and funded by the Department of Social Services (DSS) created a sequel to The Color of Difference. The sequel provides a “first of it’s kind” to look longitudinally at how some of these same adoptees from The Colour of Difference have travelled over time, along with a newer younger generation of intercountry adoptees.
On 26 June 2017, the sequel titled The Colour of Time: A Longitudinal Exploration of the Impact of Intercountry Adoption in Australia was launched.