This anthology brings together poetry, art, autobiography, memoir and oral testimony from 57 UK transracially adopted people.
They range in age from six to 56 years and include those who were born and adopted both in the UK and countries as different
as Kenya and Hong Kong, Cambodia, Singapore, Sri Lanka and El Salvador.
Through a series of intensely moving testimonies, In search of belonging conveys the complexity for black and minority ethnic
children of being raised by a white adoptive family. The themes of separation and loss, the search for identity and belonging
permeate these accounts, but so does the power of healing and survival, happiness and hope. A wide range of experiences is
described, including racism during childhood, placement disruption, visiting country of origin or heritage, reclaiming cultural
heritage, searching for birth mothers, fathers and other relatives, becoming a parent, involvement with the psychiatric system
and connecting with other transracial and transnational adoptees.
‘You are about to embark on what was, for me, an experience of enlightenment and joy, sadness and tears.
This book is long overdue’, Lemn Sissay, poet