Transracial adoption, also known as interracial or multiracial adoption, is when parents adopt a child of a different race or ethnicity. Usually, but not always, in the US, transracial adoptions are white parents adopting children of color. Transracial adoptions have increased significantly in the last 20 years.
- 21% of domestic infant adoptions are transracial
- 28% of foster care adoptions are transracial
- 84% of international adoptions are transracial
What is clear is that transracial adoptions are increasing. The proportion of adopted kindergartners being raised by a mother of a different race or ethnic group rose by 50% between 1999 and 2011.
- Raising Adopted Kids – New Research (article)
- Parenting Transracially Adopted Tweens and Teens (1 hr. podcast w/ experts)
- Suggested Books for Adults on Transracial Adoption
- How Transracial Adoptees Navigate Race As They Age (1 hr. podcast w/ experts)
- You’re Chocolate, I’m Vanilla: White Parents Raising Children of Color (1 hr. podcast w/ experts)
- Panel of Adult Transracial Adoptees (1 hr. podcast w/ panel)
Creating a Family has many other resources on transracial adoption. Here are a few additional ones that we think you will find particularly helpful:
- Handling Social Media & Birth Family Contact with Your Adopted, Foster, or Kinship Kids (article)
- Tips for Raising a Transracial Adoptee (article)
- Adoption Microagressions Parents Need to Know About (1 hr. podcast w/ expert)
- The Traumatic Impact of Racism (1 hr. podcast w/ experts)
- 7 Core Issues in Adoption and Foster Care (1 hr. podcast w/ expert)
- Best Books for Transracially Adopted Kids (broken down by age of the child and race/ethnicity)
Many more Creating a Family interviews with experts, blogs, and fact sheets on interracial adoption can be found at the icons below.
Sources: Creating a Family radio shows below, www.aspe.hhs.gov