11 episodes

Angela Tucker is one of America’s most recognizable voices in transracial adoption (she's black, her parents are white), and the subject of the documentary "Closure." She goes beyond her experience, inviting adoptees from all backgrounds in an effort to uplift these rarely heard perspectives and shift societal perceptions about adoption.

The Adoptee Next Door Angela Tucker

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 199 Ratings

Angela Tucker is one of America’s most recognizable voices in transracial adoption (she's black, her parents are white), and the subject of the documentary "Closure." She goes beyond her experience, inviting adoptees from all backgrounds in an effort to uplift these rarely heard perspectives and shift societal perceptions about adoption.

    Alexandra "ALX J": Transgender adopted teen discusses race, adoption, and LGBTQ intersectionality

    Alexandra "ALX J": Transgender adopted teen discusses race, adoption, and LGBTQ intersectionality

    Back in 2016, Angela had 12 year old transracial adoptee Alex, as a guest on her web series, The Adopted Life. In this episode, Angela reconnects with Alex, now a 17 year old transgender woman, to discuss adoption, the intersections of LGBTQ culture, and how quarantine provided a silver lining for Alex's transition period.

    • 50 min
    Tiffany Henness: Could The Book Of Psalms Help Us Rethink The Fairy-Tale Adoption Narrative?

    Tiffany Henness: Could The Book Of Psalms Help Us Rethink The Fairy-Tale Adoption Narrative?

    Angela talks with Tiffany Henness about the surprising grief she experienced during her pregnancy and childbirth of her two biological kids. As a Christian she challenges the fairy-tale narrative about adoption and wonders if Christians may be use the book of Psalms to think differently about helping children through adoption. 

    • 43 min
    Kristen Garaffo: Everyone Just Assumed I Was White

    Kristen Garaffo: Everyone Just Assumed I Was White

    Kristen and I talk about her identity as a white-passing Latina, adopted from Paraguay to Washington DC. The first time Kristen and I chatted she told me that she has only recently begun identifying as Latina.

    • 51 min
    Torie DiMartile: Amy Coney Barrett and the White Savior Narrative

    Torie DiMartile: Amy Coney Barrett and the White Savior Narrative

    Over the past week it's become clear that most U.S. Americans view Amy Coney Barrett’s transracial family as noble, good and representing all things decent. However, transracial adoptees have a different take. It seemed to showcase white saviorism and virtue signaling. Torie and Angela discuss why the Supreme Court nominee's comment was so polarizing and why conversations about transracial adoption are so divided that even hearing directly from transracial adoptees, isn't enough to counter the dominant fairytale narrative. 

    • 53 min
    Jay Johnson: "What Is a Late Discovery Adoptee?"

    Jay Johnson: "What Is a Late Discovery Adoptee?"

    The impacts of being told that you were adopted late in life are far reaching. One Late Discovery Adoptee (LDA) says "It feels like a cruel joke. Finding out that you are adopted late in life destroys part of your identity and turns your life upside down." Some parents think they are protecting their child by not telling them. However, finding out as an adult is undoubtedly a shock and for many LDA's they can't help but wonder what else their parents' may have lied about? 

    But Jay sees it differently. He explains how he differentiates a secret versus a lie.

    • 47 min
    Maya Holmes: Is Same-Race Adoption The Answer?

    Maya Holmes: Is Same-Race Adoption The Answer?

    Angela speaks with Black adoptee Maya Holmes, who was adopted by Black parents as an infant. Maya shares her perspective and challenges Angela's assumptions about racial identity formation for black same-race adoptees.

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
199 Ratings

199 Ratings

Amy85275 ,

Open adoptee dialogue

I love this podcast. As a perspective adoptive parent, each of the conversations has me laughing and crying but most importantly learning. To be adopted is a trauma and listening to these brave voices talk about their experiences, hopes, & fears opens my eyes with each conversation. My only “critic” is I want more.

Kbatch27 ,

Open and Honest

I appreciate that Angie tackles difficult topics in a non-confrontational way. She gives space to different points of view and experiences. Her podcast is so enlightening.

jsinar ,

Another wonderful resource from Angela Tucker

So grateful for the way Angie elevates adoptee voices. An important listen not just for those who are involved in the world of adoption, but for ALL!

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