Children of color represent the largest share of children waiting to be adopted. However, the race and ethnicity of children who are waiting in particular regions or States may vary significantly. In some States, for example, American Indian children are disproportionately represented. Children adopted from other countries will need to adapt to a different culture and may be of a different race than their adoptive parents. Find resources in this section related to the adoption of children of color and on transracial or transcultural adoption.
Articles: Transracial Adoption/Interracial Adoption
Pact, An Adoption Alliance
Provides a selection of articles addressing issues of racial identity in adoption.
Parenting a Child of a Different Race
Explains the unique challenges that children experience through transracial foster and adoptive placements. This resource also provides tips for parents to help children navigate racial identity.
The Realities of Raising a Kid of a Different Race
Outlines information that every transracial adoptive parent should know about raising children from a different race.
The Significance of Racial Identity in Transracially Adopted Young Adults
Offers a first-person account from an adoptee about growing up in an interracial family. The author specifically encourages adoptive parents to foster the development of a cultural identity in their adopted children of color.
Transracial Adoption - Hearing from Families [Video]
Explains why discussing race in adoption is an important component of helping children settle into their new adoptive families.