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Melissa Guida-Richards:

Author, Podcaster, and Transracial Adoptee

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 Huffington Post 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. 

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. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, The Independent, Insider, Huffington PostZora by Medium, ElectricLit, and more. She has been interviewed by Tamron Hall, Brut, Good Day LA, NBCLX, NPR’s Code Switch, BBC Radio 4, Do the Work, and more. She has appeared on panels such as We the Experts: Adoptee Speaker Series. Guida-Richards is also a contributing writer for The Everymom.

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

The Adoptee Thoughts Podcast

An Interview with Transracial Adoptee, Molly McLaurin, founder of Monarch Connections Adoptee Thoughts

On Season 3, Episode 4 of the Adoptee Thoughts Podcast, Molly McLaurin , and host, Melissa Guida-Richards discuss their upcoming Transracial Adoption 101 course and Molly's experience as a transracial adoptee. They dig into how the course came to be, connecting via social media, and the impact of educating on adoption.    About Molly McLaurin: Molly E. McLaurin is an adoptee, twin, wife, mom and business owner. Molly founded Monarch Connections to bring people together, find what’s missing and to make meaningful connections. In 36 months, she has connected with 675 people at events and 25 through Life Coaching. One thing Monarch Connections created an adoptee community called Adoptee Talk, and  Adoptee Talk: Teens, to empower adoptees. Growing up as a transracial adoptee, Molly often felt left out, and/or that she stood out in a way that was isolating. Monarch Connections and Adoptee Talk operate so others can belong. Molly authored, EXPLORING TRANSRACIAL ADOPTION AND THE INVISIBLE PROTECTION OF PRIVILEGE, while serving as a member of the Field Center’s Young Professionals Council. She is glad you are here and hope you decide you can learn from this course and improve your adoptee(s) lives.       How to connect: website: instagram: email: [email protected]   _________   To read more of the work by your host Melissa Guida-Richards, check out, or the podcast's website   Her book is now available anywhere books are sold. 📖What White Parents Should Know About Transracial Adoption: An Adoptee's Perspective on Its History, Nuances, and Practices Buy here!        
  1. An Interview with Transracial Adoptee, Molly McLaurin, founder of Monarch Connections
  2. An Interview with Lynn Woo Mykytyn, Adoptee & Therapist
  3. An Interview with Paige Knipfer, Adoptive Parent & Adoption Consultant
  4. An Interview with Alessia, Adopted from the USA to Italy
  5. An Interview with Astrid Castro, of Adoption Mosaic