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The Inspired Writing of Kevin D. Hofmann
Growing Up Black in White by Kevin D. Hofmann is a moving and sometimes humorous look into the life of one man with a fascinating past. Born into the racially-charged Detroit of 1967 to a white mother and a black father, the author was placed into foster care and then adopted by a white minister and his wife, the parents of three biological children. Hofmann’s memoir reveals the racial tensions, the difficulties of feeling neither black nor white, his family’s loving support, and his struggles to define and embrace his own identity as he grew to be a man. This is a story of hope and promise, and how we are able to define ourselves not through the racism and judgments of a challenging society, but through our own sense of self-respect and personal identity. Kevin Hofmann came to this memoir after a lifetime of contemplation and self-analysis. After attending a national conference on adoption, he found his voice and wove it into this emotional and often amusing story. Hofmann lives with his wife and two sons in Toledo, Ohio.
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Helpful Adoption Resources
Below are some resources that may be helpful. As I come across more I will add them. If you have any suggestions of resources that should shared here, please let me know.
"Growing Up Black in White" is the name of my book.
to learn more about it. (I know, a shameless plug ;)...)
Is the facebook of the adoption world.
is a GREAT heritage camp for transracial adoptive families. A "must see" and "must do" for adoptive transracial families.
is the web site for the North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC). They host an annual conference which is great. In 2010 it will be held in Hartford Connecticut. A great time for all adoptive parents and children. An amazing source of information and connecting. And yes, another "must do" for those involved in the adoption community.
is a site detailing a fellow adoptee's story on finding his birth mother. It is a great story.
is the web site of my "Adoption Angel." She found my birth mother in 2 hours, with just a few pieces of information I had at the time. She truly is an angel.
The following three links are to books written by a fellow transracial adoptee, Rhonda Roorda. She explores the three voices of transracial adoption: the "siblings' voice," the parents' voice," and the "adoptees voice." Rhonda is an accomplished author and speaker. She is what I want to be when I grow up.
In Their Siblings' Voices: White Non-Adopted Siblings Talk About Their Experiences Being Raised with Black and Biracial Brothers and Sisters
In Their Parents' Voices: Reflections on Raising Transracial Adoptees
In Their Own Voices: Transracial Adoptees Tell Their Stories
is a YouTube user's site, where a transracial adoptive mother teaches others how she braids her AA daughter's hair.
is the trailer web site for an independent movie about a transracial adoptive family. The movie premiered in NYC on January 29, 2009. It has since been on PBS and was made available on DVD.
Someone's Daughter is a poignant memoir by an adoptee, Aurette Bowes. As an adult she finds out that she is adopted and embarks upon a mission to find herself and her birth family. In her book Aurette tackles the difficult subject matter of sorting out the many issues related to being adopted. This is a must read for all adoptive parents.
features a children's book series about Robbie the Rabbit who is a "trans-racial" adoptee. These children books are for kids 5-10 years old, and include activities and a parent guide.
I am a writer. At 42 years old with a beautiful wife and 2 boys my writing career begins.
I am a Christian. Besides my faith, my passions include family life, speaking, Christian Men’s Ministry, and woodworking.
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Growing Up Black in White
, to learn more about my newly published memoirs.