Dr. Colleen Colaner shares research, experience as mother who adopted children across racial lines

Colaner family, photo by Tim TaiBy KAITLYNN MARTIN, Columbia Missourian

COLUMBIA — With a gentle spin of a finger, Colleen Colaner shaped a tight, black curl on top of her daughter's head.

Camille Colaner, 11 months old, let out a playful squeal and reached for her mother.

"Her hair has been a big thing," said Colleen Colaner, a professor of interpersonal communication at MU.