Transracial adoption refers to placing a child who is of one race or ethnic group with adoptive parents of another race or ethnic group. A study published by the Institute for Family Studies found that 44 percent of the adopted children surveyed were adopted by parents of a different race. Transracial adoption forever changes families and requires a commitment to lifelong learning. Prior to placement and throughout the parenting journey, parents who have adopted transracially must commit to deepening their own understanding of different races, cultures, and ethnicities in order to support their child or youth’s exploration of their own race and culture. Find resources in this section to help families nurture healthy cultural identity development.
25 Helpful Resources for Transracial Adoptive Families
American’s Adoption Agency (2019)
Compiles a list of resources to help prospective and current transracial adoption families prepare for the possible challenges and realities throughout the adoption process.
The Adopted Life Episodes
Tucker & Tucker
The Adopted Life
Features a web series of conversations between transracially adopted youth and the series creator, Angela Tucker. Discussions include various topics centered on adoption.
Helping Your Adopted Child Maintain A Cultural Connection
Offers ideas on how adoptive parents can help their child learn about their culture such as seeking out events and reading books that celebrate your child’s ancestry.
The Realities of Raising a Kid of a Different Race
Explains an adoptive mother’s experience with raising a transracially adopted child.
Seven Suggestions for a Successful Transracial Adoption
Provides a list of suggestions for prospective adoptive parents on things to consider while preparing for a transracial adoption. Suggestions include finding mentors and role models for your child, make new connections in your community, and keep children talking.
Transracial Adoption: It Will Change Your Family Forever
Infertility and Adoption Counseling Center (2015)
Explores the adoption of children of color by White parents and offers strategies adoptive families can use to best meet the needs of those adopted transracially.
North American Council on Adoptable Children (2017)
Shares blogs, videos, books, and websites by transracial adoptees.