There are no national statistics on the number of children who are living in transracial adoptions; that is, children who are living in an adoptive family in which they differ from at least one of their adoptive parents in terms of racial/ethnic characteristics. Many intercountry adoptions are also transracial adoptions. Families parenting children of a different race have unique challenges. Find resources in this section to help families after transracial adoption.
7 Common Transracial Parenting Mistakes
Adoptive and Foster Family Coalition of New York
Presents common pitfalls parents may face following transracial adoption, including only focusing on racial issues, accepting stereotypes as excuses for poor behavior, and not embracing diversity.
Articles: Transracial Adoption/Interracial Adoption
Pact, An Adoption Alliance
Provides a selection of articles addressing issues of racial identity in adoption.
Raising a Child of Another Race
Offers suggestions on how to implement methods for helping adoptive children navigate and establish a sense of ethnic identity.
Seven Suggestions for a Successful Transracial Adoption
Provides strategies that parents can implement in order to enable children to navigate ethnic identities following adoption.
Transracial Adoption in America
American Adoptions (2017)
Highlights race-specific issues related to domestic adoption and parenting after adoptions.
Adoptive and Foster Family Coalition New York
Includes personal essays, online resources, videos, and more on transracial and transcultural adoption and foster care as well as an "ask the experts" section.
Transracial Parenting in Foster Care and Adoption: Strengthening Your Bicultural Family (PDF - 510 KB)
Iowa Foster and Adoptive Parents Association
Provides tips for parents and children in transracial homes to help them thrive, celebrate their bicultural family, and for children to strengthen racial identity and cultural connections.