The Longest Shortest Time

EPISODE #198: Transracial Adoption When You’re a POC

While we were working on Nishta and Jill’s story last week, we heard from a listener, Soni, who is in the middle of the adoption process right now.

Like Nishta, Soni is an Indian-American person adopting transracially. For Soni, the whole process has been really frustrating because of how adoption agencies talk about race and culture and parenting.

We’re using a pseudonym for Soni to protect their future kid’s privacy. Also, Soni identifies as genderqueer and uses they/them pronouns.

Tune in to get a glimpse into what it’s like to be a person of color trying to adopt in the US right now.

Some of Soni’s revisions and commentary to the transracial adoption form they had to fill out.

Last year, Soni made a podcast/audio diary to work through their thoughts about gender and race called A TheyThem Journey

If you’d like to read Peggy McIntosh’s Unpacking The Invisible Knapsack in full, you can find it here (PDF).

Plus, stay tuned to the end of the episode for an update with LST’s creator Hillary Frank about a new project she’s working on. Fill out Hillary’s Ahh, Middle School survey here.