InterCountry Adoptee Voices ICAV was founded in 1998 by Lynelle Long (nee Beveridge).
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 Color of Difference – Journeys in Transracial Adoption and was published in 2001 by Federation Press.
The book 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.
As of late 2016, a project being organised by International Social Services Australia and funded by the Department of Social Services (DSS) will create a sequel to The Color of Difference. This will provide a first of it’s kind look longitudinally at how these same adoptees have travelled over time.
Since 1998, the ICAV’s network has grown to include many from around the world. ICAV was one of the first networks worldwide to include adoptees of any racial background, regardless of country of origin and to bring our voices together and share our experiences.
Today ICAV works in collaboration with intercountry adoptee led groups around the world. These groups provide a platform for adoptees to access services and information we need. They also act to educate the wider public about issues we face – political, social and emotional, including the human trafficking aspects of intercountry adoption.
Intercountry adoptees have found their voices and are working together. We aim to facilitate connections amongst adoptees and to promote and educate the wider public of the transracial, cross cultural, and cross country adoption issues that impact our lives.