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Come Rain or Come Shine: A White Parent's Guide to Adopting and Parenting Black Children

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Come Rain or Come Shine: A White Parent's Guide to Adopting and Parenting Black Children

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Are you prepared to adopt and parent transracially? Transracial adoption can be a daunting and exhilarating journey. At times you feel incredibly isolated and lost. However, with this conversational and practical guide in hand, you will be able to adopt with confidence and parent with education and enthusiasm. Whether you are new to adoption, a seasoned adoptive parent, or you are an adoptee, birth parent, or adoption professional, COME RAIN OR COME SHINE will enhance your understanding and appreciation for transracial adoption. 

Come Rain or Come Shine is a not only a good guide for parents of adopted Black children, but a great guide for raising all Black children. "As the biological parent of 3 Black boys, I found it to be an insightful, funny, and undeniably good read and parenting resource. I wish I had it 20 years ago." Denise Althia

Inside chapters include a wealth of resources and information for the adoptive parents, including: 

  • Determine if you are ready to parent transracially,
  • Announcing your adoption decision,
  • Creating a disclosure plan,
  • Caring for Black hair and skin,
  • Navigating an open adoption plan,
  • Confronting discrimination,
  • Addressing adoption and race issues with the adopted child(ren),
  • Responding to family members, friends and strangers,
  • Supporting your child's racial identity, and
  • Preparing to expand your family through additional adoptions.

About the Author 

Rachel Garlinghouse is a mother through domestic, transracial, open adoption. She teaches composition at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and is also a freelance writer, having written articles for various publications including Adoptive Families,, and Diabetes Health. She's the facilitator of Adoptive Mamas of the Metro, a support group, and speaks at adoption training sessions. When she's not teaching or writing, Rachel can be found dancing, baking, reading, and playing with her children. You can learn more about her family---who has been featured in Essence magazine and on The Daily Drum national radio show---by visiting

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CreateSpace, 2013