Resources on Transracial Adoption

Growing your family through adoption is an incredible experience. Adoption helps to place deserving children with a loving family of their own. There are children of many races that are eligible for adoption. As a prospective adoptive parent, you may be considering adopting transracially.

This is a momentous decision, it helps to be informed on the subject. This list is composed of several useful and reputable resources on transracial adoption. This is by no means an exhaustive list, however, it is a great asset to anyone who is looking for information on the subject.

Adoption Choices and Transracial Adoption

As an agency, Adoption Choices of Colorado prioritizes placing children in a home that best suits their needs. When it comes to transracial adoptions, our staff is very careful to make sure that prospective adoptive parents have a good idea of what it means to adopt transracially. We provide information on the subject and answer any questions that you may have. If you are interested in pursuing adoption please visit our site here.

Virginia Frank Advice on Transracial Adoption: Virginia Frank is a decorated adoption attorney with over 27 years of experience of helping families grow through adoption. As an adoption attorney for Adoption Choices of Colorado, she is well-versed in the legal process of adoption. She is also knowledgeable about the complexities that race introduces to adoption. In a 2018 interview, she goes on to discuss how important culture is to a child. She also notes critical questions that she asks prospective adoptive parents who are considering transracial adoption.

Lifelong Issues with Adoption – In order to understand the complexities of transracial adoption, it is important to have an understanding of the effects that adoption has on an adoptee. This article serves as a great starting point for anyone who wants to learn about the topic. While it does not discuss race and adoption, it can help to enlighten others about the emotional toll that adoption can take on an adoptee.

Growing Your Family Through Transracial Adoptions – This article gives the definition of transracial adoption, as well as providing some background on the subject. It is an excellent resource that addresses the most important concerns for those who are considering transracial adoption.

7 Transracial Adoption Mistakes – The Adoptive and Foster Family Coalition of New York put together seven mistakes that transracial adoptive parents should work to avoid. One of the major concerns of transracial adoptive parents is the idea that they will not be able to effectively parent a child of a different race. This feeling of doubt is the characteristic of a parent who wants to do the best for their child. From ensuring that racism is addressed to respecting your child’s boundaries, this article should work to give transracial adoptive parents peace of mind.

Transracial Parenting in Foster Care and Adoption – This comprehensive guide, written by the Iowa Foster and Adoptive Parents Association, is one of the most beneficial resources on this list. Some highlights of the workbook include:

  • A “Transracially Adopted Child’s Bill of Rights”
  • A “Transracial Parenting Pledge”
  • Parenting Tips
  • A History of Transracial Adoption

This is an excellent resource for parents considering transracial adoption and those who have transracially adopted already. As it contains portions for writing responses, printing out the document and reading through it is recommended.

Preserving the Culture of Your Adopted Child – The culture of a transracially adopted child is an extremely important part of their identity. Ensuring that your child is knowledgeable about the traditions of their culture will help them later in life, whether or not they choose to practice the traditions. This article further details some of the steps that adoptive parents can take to help adoptees learn more about their culture. In it, you’ll find tips on how to integrate your child’s culture into your family’s life.

Adoption Choices of Colorado

For more information on adoption or if you are currently in the process of adopting a baby and have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact Adoption Choices of Colorado. We can be reached via our website or by calling: 303-670-4401.

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However, we can’t do it alone. Please read up on our programs and donate money where you are able. Your donation will make a huge impact.

About the Author

Davina Ward

Davina grew up in the outskirts of New York City, before eventually moving to Buffalo, New York at the age of 10. Her passion for adoption comes from her own experiences of being in foster care and being an adoptee herself. She hopes to help others to understand the intricacies of adoption and encourage them to consider it as an option.

Davina is a proud Geneseo Knights alum having graduated in 2018. She has been writing for as long as she can remember and chose to pursue a degree in English with hopes of making her hobby a career. Thus far, she has enjoyed her time as an intern for Adoption Choices Inc. and looks forward to a bright future in writing. When she is not writing, she enjoys spending time with her family, building websites, and making lists.

 

 

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References:

Strom, Rachel. “Preserving the Culture of Your Adopted Child.” Adoption Choices of Nevada. https://www.adoptionchoicesofnevada.org/preserving-the-culture-of-your-adopted-child/

Robertson, Rachel. “Growing Your Family Through Transracial Adoptions.” Adoption Choices of New York. http://www.adoptionchoicesofnewyork.org/growing-your-family-through-transracial-adoption/

Ward, Davina. “Ask an Adoption Attorney: Virginia L. Frank Esq.” Adoption Choices of Colorado. https://www.adoptionchoices.org/ask-an-adoption-attorney-virginia-l-frank-esq/

“Transracial Parenting.” Iowa Foster and Adoptive Parents Association. http://www.ifapa.org/pdf_docs/TransracialParenting.pdf

“Lifelong Issues in Adoption by Silverstein and Kaplan.” Vanish. https://vanish.org.au/media/17323/lifelong-issues-in-adoption-by-silverstein-and-kaplan.pdf

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