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 (blog)
- Parenting Transracially Adopted Tweens and Teens (1 hr radio interview with experts)
- Suggested Books for Adults on Transracial Adoption
- How Transracial Adoptees Navigate Race As They Age (1 hr radio interview with experts)
- You’re Chocolate, I’m Vanilla: White Parents Raising Children of Color (1 hr radio interview with experts)
- Panel of Adult Transracial Adoptees (radio 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:
- When Black Parents Adopt White Children…It’s Complicated (blog post)
- Ten Things Adult Transracial Adoptees Want You to Know (tip sheet)
- Young Adult Transracial Adoptees Talk About Adoption (1 hour radio show with panel of adoptees)
- 5 “Facts” Transracial Adoptive Parents Must Teach Their Kids (tip sheet)
- Best Books for Transracially Adopted Kids (broken down by age of the child and race/ethnicity)
Many more Creating a Family radio interviews with experts, videos, blogs, fact sheets, and Q and A’s with Experts on interracial adoption can be found at the icons below.
Sources: Creating a Family radio shows below, www.aspe.hhs.gov