Exploring what’s In The Best Interest of the Child in American Indian Transracial Adoption

Last April I spoke with Lizzie Hudson, for her podcast Trauma Matters. We spoke about those issues so important to me: American Indian children who have been (and are continuing to be) placed in white homes, and the social memories and cultural structures that make it so difficult for us to lay claim to our heritage. This is a two-part podcast titled Footprints that Don’t Go Away. Part I discusses the brutal history of settler colonialism, and Part II discusses the trauma we adoptees experience(d) in our daily lives moving around this settler colonized space. Yes, it may make you uncomfortable to listen, but I urge you to sit with that discomfort, look at it from a variety of perspectives, and ask yourself if such placements are always “in the best interests of the child.”


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