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March 19, 2018
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Dear Birth Mother
Produced by: Dan Collison
After waiting for Mr. Right (who has yet to arrive) and after years of fertility treatments Suzanne, a single woman in her forties, decided to adopt. She chose transracial adoption. We follow her through workshops designed to "teach white people to raise kids of color," baby-shopping trips with Mom at Target, a critical rendezvous with a young mother at a pancake house, and, finally, a magical night at a suburban restaurant chain. We followed Suzanne for several months as she waited to see if she would become a parent; she offered extraordinary access into her home, and really, into every aspect of her life.

Program Credits

Dear Birth Mother was produced by Dan Collison and Elizabeth Meister for Long Haul Productions, in association with Chicago Public Radio.


New York State Citizens' Coalition for Children, Inc-Transracial Adoption
A comprehensive listing of links to websites and articles dealing with transracial adoption.

National Adoption Information Clearinghouse-Transracial and Transcultural Adoption
An article for people considering transracial or transcultural adoption.

Birthmarks: Transracial Adoption in Contemporary America
by: Sandra Patton 2000
This book focuses on the experience of transracial adoptees.

Transracial Adoptions: An adoptive mother's documentary of racism, injustice & joy
by: Joann Lang 2002
An adoptive mother's tale of transracial adoption.

Inside Transracial Adoption: Strength Based, Culture Sensitizing Parenting Strategies for Inter Country or Domestic Adoptive Families That Don't Match
by: Gail Steinberg, Beth Hall 2000
The co-directors of Pact: An Adoption Alliance offer their dynamic organization's cutting edge tools for fostering honesty and authenticity in matters of adoption and race.

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