Transracial Adoption: An Adoptee’s Perspective

What is it like being a person of color with white parents?

Denalee Chapman January 12, 2015

JaNae Goodrich is one of 6 children, all of whom were adopted. Her parents and two oldest siblings are white. The family was raised in a predominantly white neighborhood, and JaNae noticed it. She was aware that she was different, and took special notice when someone “like her” was around. Although sometimes it was difficult, JaNae was raised to embrace who she is–and that includes her skin color. And although some say that the color of skin doesn’t matter, to JaNae it does.  Because it’s part of who we are. It matters in the same way that our personality or our height or our likes and dislikes matter. In the end, JaNae is grateful for her transracial adoption. Because when it comes to parental love – skin color is inconsequential.

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Denalee Chapman

Denalee is an adoptive mother, a motivational speaker, a writer, and a lover of life. She and her husband have adventured through the hills and valleys of life to find that the highest highs and the lowest lows are equally fulfilling. Book Denalee to speak to your group, or find Denalee's writings, including her books on her website at

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