The Colour of Time – Lynelle Long


This is the sequel to The Colour of Difference: Journeys in Transracial Adoption by Federation Press, 2001 (no longer available in print but can be purchased as an ebook at Google Play).

The Colour of Time follows the journeys of 13 of the original 27 contributors from The Colour of Difference. Reading about their experiences 15 years on, you will gain a greater understanding of how the adoption journey is navigated over time as adoptees mature and age. The book looks at whether things change, and if so, how?

Included in The Colour of Time is a new younger generation of 15 intercountry adoptees, some as young as 18 through to others in their early 30s. They shed light on whether the issues they’ve experienced mirror the complexities raised by the older generation in The Colour of Difference. Has the mandatory education for prospective parents made a difference? Has racism been an issue compared to those raised in the 70s and 80s, post White Australia Policy era? Has greater awareness of the complexities highlighted in The Colour of Difference made any impact?

Overall, the book The Colour of Time includes 28 intercountry adoptees raised in Australia and adopted from 13 birth countries. The book provides a snapshot of some issues faced over the life long journey of being adopted, specific to intercountry adoption. These range from being young adults finishing high school wrestling with identity issues, searching and reuniting, navigating dating relationships, becoming parents, chosing to remain single, navigating post reunion relationships, losing adoptive or biological parents through age, resolving or learning to manage traumas and mental health issues long term, and much, much more …

The Colour of Time is a must read for those interested in gaining a deeper understanding of the life long journey of intercountry adoption, whether an adoptive parent, an adoptee, an adoption professional, or anyone interested in adoption.

My thoughts

This is not a review, as I cannot review this heartfelt book and analyse it. Every story is unique, every voice needs to be heard.

This book has many different perspectives on adoption and in particular, intercountry adoption in Australia. As a prospective adoptive parent going through assessment at the moment, I learnt a lot. Every prospective adoptive parent should read this story to learn about the challenges our children may face, how they will best be supported, the connection to their heritage and birth country, the importance of learning their birth language and most of all to be brought up in a loving home that will support them along the path they take to find themselves.

I feel fortunate to read personal stories such as these. Each story is short, yet filled with emotion. To share such personal accounts of one’s life and their perspective on adoption is very brave.

After reading this book, I am just as excited to be growing our family through adoption (if we pass to the next stage 😊). I look forward to supporting my children as they grow and hope they will always feel loved and supported. All children should have an opportunity to feel love and to feel safe in their own home with their family.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ for GoodReads purposes.

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