The Colour of Time

The Colour of Time: A Longitudinal Exploration of the Impact of Intercountry Adoption in Australia was released on 26 June 2017.

This is the sequel to The Colour of Difference: Journeys in Transracial Adoption by Federation Press, 2001.

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?

Contributors to The Colour of Time at the book launch

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.

Limited hardcopies are available. Obtain a hardcopy from ICAV or purchase the e-book at Amazon or iTunes.

If you’d like a copy from ICAV, you need to gift the postage cost of $8 to cover domestic mail costs, $25 for international mailing (per hard copy book). Please also provide your mailing address.

Check out the Artwork that was submitted by intercountry adoptees for the Book Cover competition. Listen to some Contributors Sharing at the Launch, read Lynelle’s Speech at the Launch and see photos of the Post Launch Party.

Read Thomas Graham’s Review, editor of the Australian Journal of Adoption and Lynelle’s interview about the book.

This book was a joint initiative between

funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services.