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The colours in me

What do adopted children and young people really feel about being adopted? How do they feel about being parted from birth parents and siblings and, for some, their country of birth? This unique collection of poetry, prose and artwork allows 80 contributors to tell it like it is. Intensely moving, it reveals how it feels and what it means to be adopted. With extraordinary clarity and candour, the contributors – ranging from 4 to 20 years of age – describe the huge changes that adoption brings and the impact of these on their identity, relationships and understanding of the meaning of “family”.

This is a moving, thought provoking book and a must read for anyone who wants to know how children think and feel about adoption, and how this can influence social work policy and practice.

Who is this book for?

Anyone who is interested in adoption and children’s thoughts and feelings about this, whether professionally or personally.

What you will find in this book

This edited collection brings together written material from 80 adopted children and young people. Topics include:

  • Adoption stories
  • On being adopted
  • On being apart
  • Staying in touch
  • Revising places of birth
  • Messages to social workers, carers, parents and other adopted children and young people.

The collection is supplemented with an insightful introduction by Perlita Harris, the book’s editor.


Perlita Harris was a lecturer in social work at Goldsmiths, University of London, where she was the course director of the BA in Social Work. She worked in adoption support and wrote and edited a number of books on the subject.

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The best adoption book ever because it is the adopted children’s view. A must read for those wanting to see what adopted children feel and think and it’s them telling you – the real experts.

Karen Taylor, five stars,