transracial adoption

Are you the right family to consider transracial adoption? How do you know if you could successfully raise a child of a different race? We talk with Dr. Gina Samuels, a Professor at University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration, affiliated with the Center of Race, Politics, and Culture, and a long time researcher on transracial adoption, and an adult transracial adoptee.

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Hit the Highlights
  • Why consider transracial adoption?

  • We think in terms of transracial adoption being white families adopting black children, but it can be much broader than that. Asian, Latino

  • Some families prefer to adopt a mixed race child rather than a full African American child. What are the issues to consider.

  • Are there different issues depending on the race of the child you adopt?

  • Is there a difference between transracial and transcultural adoption?

  • What does it take to be able to raise a child to have a healthy self and racial identity and how do they differ?

  • What are some of the issues parents should think about to determine if they are a family that should adopt across racial or ethnic lines.

  • What should parents be prepared to do in order to help their child?

  • How to find role models that racially mirror your child?

  • Research on how transracially adopted children are doing.

  • Adoption is a family affair, so how should prospective adoptive parents prepare their extended family members for the adoption of a child of a different race or culture?

  • What to do if you have someone in your family that you fear will not be accepting or will not treat your child fairly.

  • What are some issues that may come up with open adoption when adopting across racial lines?

  • Preparation for transracial adoption goes beyond hair care, but hair and skin care are important.


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