About Melissa

Melissa Guida-Richards is an advocate for adoptees and has had work in the New York Times, the Independent, Insider, HuffPost, Zora by Medium, ElectricLit, and more. She has also been interviewed by Tamron Hall, Brut, Good Day LA, NBCLX, NPR’s Code Switch, BBC Radio 4, Do the Work, and more.  Her first book, BEDTIME, THE ULTIMATE BATTLE, and her second, the WHAT WHITE PARENTS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT TRANSRACIAL ADOPTION, are both out now.

Our Promise

Adoptee Thoughts 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.

Adoptee Thoughts  podcaster Guida-Richards (Bedtime, the Ultimate Battle) takes on racism in the adoption industry in this trenchant survey… This is a powerful, worthwhile addition to the growing body of work on race and parenting.”

Publishers Weekly, starred review

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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She is currently working on a memoir and is represented by literary agent, Kat Kerr from Donald Maass Literary Agency.