Issues related to Transracial Adoptive Families

Transracial Adoption has become increasingly common, and generally accepted by society over recent years. Agencies have recognized that a child or adolescent’s need for caring parent(s) usually far exceeds their need for cultural similarity. Congress has ensured that agencies and the courts cannot delay placement of a non-Native American child due to issues of ethnicity, background or cultural heritage, by its passage of the Multi-Ethnic Placement Act. Nevertheless, adoptees and their families may have to confront some challenges in this regard, particularly where the physical difference between and adoptee and the parent(s) is obvious. Watch the videos and several others at Affirming Youth of Color. Also many other YouTube links on the subject at our Transracial Resources page.

See also Affirming Youth of Color and our Transracial Resources page.