About Melissa

Melissa Guida-Richards is an advocate for adoptees and has had work in Insider, HuffPost, Zora by Medium, ElectricLit, and more. She has also been on podcasts such as NPR’s Code Switch, BBC Radio 4, Do the Work, and more.  Her first book, BEDTIME, THE ULTIMATE BATTLE, is out now. Her second, the WHAT WHITE PARENTS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT TRANSRACIAL ADOPTION, focuses on transracial adoption and will be out in Fall 2021, with North Atlantic Books. I am represented by the Seymour Agency. Tina Wainscott represents my nonfiction adult work, and Marisa Cleveland represents my picture books.

Our Promise

The Adoptee Thoughts Podcast will offer an inside look from a transracial adoptee’s perspective on international adoption, race, identity, and more. This podcast will delve into the nuances of adoption, and will not shy away from the tough topics. So if you are adoptee, have adopted, or plan to adopt a child of color, this is the place for you.

The White Fragility for transracial adoption–practical tools for nurturing identity, unlearning white saviorism, and fixing the mistakes you don’t even know you’re making.

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