Adoptees United is excited to host a conversation on April 26 with Roxanna Asgarian, the critically acclaimed author of We Were Once a Family, which through painstaking and relentless research tells the story of the murder of six Black children at the hands of a white adoptive couple.
We will talk with Roxanna about the book as well as her research, her interactions, and her experience as a journalist covering the child welfare system and policies in Texas and across the country. We strongly recommend that you read We Were Once a Family, available here and at your local bookstore, to participate more fully in the discussion.
Roxanna Asgarian could have written another sensational account of the six Black children murdered by the white couple who adopted them. Instead, We Were Once a Family is not only the most in-depth investigation of the tragedy, but also a devastating exposé of the unjust and inhumane child welfare system that caused it to happen. This riveting book will raise public awareness of the urgent need to end our disastrous approach to struggling families by radically reimagining child welfare policies and building community-based supports that truly keep children safe.”DOROTHY ROBERTS, author of Torn Apart
Join us for a this important conversation. Registration is free and is now open.
Date: April 26, 2023
Time: 3pm Pacific/5pm Central/6pm Eastern
Where: Zoom (register below)
This event is completed. A recording of the event will be published to YouTube once it is available.
About the Author
Roxanna Asgarian is the law and courts reporter for the Texas Tribune. Previously, she covered the child welfare and criminal justice systems as an independent reporter in Houston. Her first book, We Were Once A Family: Love, Death, and Child Removal in America, a deeply reported story of a murder-suicide that claimed the lives of six children, was published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in March 2023. A native of Las Vegas, Nevada, Roxanna got her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin and her master’s degree from the Craig Newmark School of Journalism at the City University of New York. She is based in Dallas.