Transracial - Transcultural Adoption

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Resources and information for those considering transracial and/or transcultural adoption. Questions to ask, support, and personal perspectives.

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Personal Stories

Personal stories from adoptive parents and transracially adopted adoptees reflect a variety of experience.

Also-Known-As, Inc.
The site, started by a group of adult adoptees and their friends, works to empower the intercountry adoption community, build cultural bridges, and transform conversations about race.

Approaching Transracial Adoption
Insight into transracial adoption, positive elements as well as concerns that should be fully considered by prospective adoptive parents.

Are You Ready to be an Interracial Family?
Considerations for families seeking to adopt transracially, from AdoptKorea.

Assessment Guide for Cross-Racial/Cultural Adoption
Prepared by the Minnesota DSS, this is a worker's guide for the assessment process.

Attachment Issues to Consider
Finding a balance between an adoptee's ethnicity and the culture of the adoptive family.

"Family Resemblance in Transracial Adoption"
Jana Wolff grew from a closet pro-cloner to the mother of a beautiful son she forgets doesn't look like her.

Forum Excerpts
An overview of transracial adoption from the 1998 Forum on Adoption Issues, held at Columbia University.

Guide to the Multiethnic Placement Act
This guide to the 1996 amendment outlines implementation procedures for agencies and workers, and answers commonly asked questions.

Law Runs Behind Changing Attitudes
Attitudes about transracial adoption have changed radically, but the law is running far behind. Christian Science Monitor

Pact, An Adoption Alliance
Simply the best online resource for pre- and post-placement information and education for all those connected with transracial adoption. Articles, personal insight, books, access to other members of the transracial adoption community and professionals.

Q&A on the Multiethnic Placement Act
What can agencies and workers do and not do? How do assessments work? Find the answers to these questions and more from this factsheet.

The Multiethnic Placement Act
Enacted in 1996, the law prohibits discrimination in the placement of children based on race, color, or national origin.

Transracial Adoption Resources
An excellent selection of reports, articles, and opinions on transracial adoption from the New York State Citizens' Coalition for Children.

The Multiracial Activist
Online journal covering civil liberties issues of interest to biracial/multiracial individuals, interracial couples/families and transracial adoptees.

"The Role of Race in Child Welfare"
Text of a presentation by Joe Kroll, Executive Director of the North American Council on Adoptable Children.

"White Parents - Black Children"
Author Miriam Vieni views social workers' attitudes and parents' expectations as two of the stumbling blocks to transracial adoption.

XCultureAdopt Mail List
A mailing list for communication between present and future families formed by cross-cultural adoption.
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