Should You Consider Adopting a Child of a Different Race or Ethnicity
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.
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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