Author, Late-Discovery Adoptee, and Mom
Melissa Guida-Richards is an author, adoptee, and advocate based in Pennsylvania. She was adopted in 1993 from Colombia to a family in the USA. Her viral essay, “My Adoptive Parents Hid My Racial Identity From Me for 19 Years,” was published in HuffPo in April 2019. She soon launched the Adoptee Thoughts Instagram and Podcast to help elevate adoptee voices and educate adoptive parents on the nuances and complexity of adoption. You can check out Adoptee Thoughts, on your favorite podcast platform.
Guida-Richards graduated from SUNY Fredonia in 2015, and published her first book, BEDTIME, THE ULTIMATE BATTLE, in January 2020. Melissa has also had work in HuffPost, Zora by Medium, ElectricLit, and more. She has also been on podcasts such as NPR’s Code Switch, BBC Radio 4, The Adoption and Fostering Podcast, and Do the Work. She has also appeared on panels, such as the, We the Experts: Adoptee Speaker Series. She is also a contributing editor at The Everymom.
My next book about adoption will is with North Atlantic Books and it will out in Fall 2021. Stay tuned for updates on, WHAT WHITE PARENTS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT TRANSRACIAL ADOPTION, which was previously titled The White Savior Mentality.
I am represented by the Seymour Agency. Tina Wainscott represents my nonfiction adult work, and Marisa Cleveland represents my picture books.