Black is the Color of My True Love's Hair, on Transracial Adoption in 'post-racial' America
June 6, 2015
Hosted by Kelly Ellison
Meet my new friend, Nishta Mehra! I know you won't want to miss our compelling conversation on this week's show all about transracial adoption. Nishta and her partner, Jill have a son, Shiv who was adopted domestically and who is African American. Nishta wrote an article appearing in Guernica in March 2015 entitled, The Color of My True Love's Hair is Black," on transracial adoption in 'post-racial' America. In this article she explores the challenges of a transracial family and how to deal with this on a daily basis. Nishta was raised in Memphis, Tennessee as a first generation Hindi, born in the United States. Dealing with racism is not new to her; however the challenges she now faces raising her African American son with her partner who is caucasian have compelled her to write this article. Her honesty, apparent anger and frustration definately come out, but you can't deny how important this subject is when so many of us are transracial families. Check it out!
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Your Adoption Coach is designed to reach prospective and current adoptive families, couple, and singles with the resources they need to successfully bring their family together. We will examine international and domestic adoption, resources, costs, stories, highlight innovative agencies and bring the touching stories of families struggling and succeeding to the forefront. There is no greater community builder than Adoption! When we educate and encourage others to become involved, more people are inspired to adopt or be a part of a community of adoption. Our show aims to educate and inspire others to get involved in building a family be it on their own or helping someone close to them bring their family home together forever.
Kelly is an adoptive parent, executive coach and trainer. She has over 25 years of experience working in development and management in the nonprofit sector and has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for causes ranging from the environment to the arts. Kelly has a passion for helping adoptive families reach their financial goals and uses her experience from the nonprofit world to coach adoptive families. She is Your Adoption Finance Coach and works with adoption agencies and families providing workshops, resources, and coaching to help them with their financial needs associated with adoptions both international and domestic. Using her system, the families she supports raise anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000 or more for their adoption. Kelly completed her Masters Degree in Business Administration in 2005, graduating from the Rockhurst University in the Executive Fellows Program in Kansas City, Missouri. She has extensive management experience, training and facilitating groups of all sizes and backgrounds. Kelly is certified in mediation and diversity and is an author and speaker. She will be speaking at the National Council for Adoption this year. She serves on several boards including the scholarship committee for the Rosalyn Carter Institute’s Intergenerational Caregivers Scholarship Award and is also a member of the board of governors to the We Are Family Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in New York City.