Adopting Across Racial Lines in America

February 6, 2002

The Independent Television Service the companion website to the documentary OUTSIDE LOOKING IN: Transracial Adoption in America (,

airing on public television stations beginning this February. OUTSIDE LOOKING IN looks at three families facing the challenges of transracial adoption. The program supplies a voice to those directly affected by adoption policies and explores larger topics facing our society: race, family and identity.

Website highlights include:

The Story

Filmmaker Phil Bertelsen goes behind the camera to introduce three families with transracially adopted children of three different generations, growing up in three different regions of the country.

The Families

Meet the families highlighted in the program and discover how transracial adoption has affected the many generations of the extended Bertelsen family. Learn the dramatic story of a white couple trying to adopt a black child.

The Film

Read bios on the film’s subjects and crew.


Discuss the film and the issues surrounding transracial adoption. Give us your feedback!


Links to websites, organizations, books and magazines on transracial adoption and related issues.

Contact: Jodi Epstein

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