Working With Transracial Adoptive Families
Many families adopt children from other racial or cultural backgrounds, either through domestic or intercountry adoption. Families who adopt transracially may ask for additional resources to help them raise children from a different racial or cultural background. This section offers resources for professionals working with families who have completed or are considering transracial or transcultural adoption and includes State and local examples.
National Resource Center for Adoption
Reviews key MEPA concepts and terms, answers frequently asked questions, and provides practical information about how child welfare agencies and their workers can comply with MEPA in their programs and daily practice. This presentation is sponsored by the Policy Division of the Administration for Children and Families, Children's Bureau, and presented by Allison Lowery Palmer, Policy Division, in coordination with the National Resource Center for Adoption.
Information Packet: Domestic Transracial Adoption (PDF - 98 KB)
National Resource Center for Foster Care and Permanency Planning (2002)
Includes information on the challenges children face when they are adopted transracially and offers strategies for supporting families who have adopted children from different racial or ethnic backgrounds.
Enhancing Positive Outcomes in Transracial Adoptive Families
California Social Work Education Center (2004)
Provides current, relevant, and sensitive information about the experiences and challenges of transracial adoptive families to improve the quality of services and supports provided to them.
Promising Practice for Maintaining Identities in First Nation Adoption
Explores the importance of identity in First Nation adoption.
Supporting Transracial Adoptive Families: Start From Where They Are
Steinberg & Hall
Emphasizes the importance of supporting children who have been adopted transracially.
Transracial Adoption: Families Identify Issues and Needed Support Services
De Haymes &. Simon
Child Welfare, 82(2), 2003
Explores a number of transracial placements and adoptions to identify potential services that would support and enhance them.
Transracial Adoption and Foster Care
Provides guidelines to child welfare professionals for serving transracial adoptive and foster care families.