Inside Transracial Adoption
Strength-based, Culture-sensitizing Parenting Strategies for Inter-country or Domestic Adoptive Families That Don't "match"Book - 2013
Inside Transracial Adoption is an accessible, authoritative guide on how to navigate the challenges that parents can face with the adoption of a child from a different race and culture. It is an invaluable guide for parents - whether considering transracial adoption for the first time or experienced veterans - or the people who support them.
Is transracial adoption a positive choice for kids?
How can children gain their new families without losing their birth heritage?
How can parents best support their children after placement?
Inside Transracial Adoption is an authoritative guide to navigating the challenges and issues that parents face in the USA when they adopt a child of a different race and/or from a different culture. Filled with real-life examples and strategies for success, this book explores in depth the realities of raising a child transracially, whether in a multicultural or a predominantly white community. Readers will learn how to help children adopted transracially or transnationally build a strong sense of identity, so that they will feel at home both in their new family and in their racial group or culture of origin. This second edition incorporates the latest research on positive racial identity and multicultural families, and reflects recent developments and trends in adoption.
Drawing on research, decades of experience as adoption professionals, and their own personal experience of adopting transracially, Beth Hall and Gail Steinberg offer insights for all transracial adoptive parents - from prospective first-time adopters to experienced veterans - and those who support them.
This guide helps parents deal with challenges and issues when adopting a child from a different race or culture, and focuses on how racial identity and adoption shape family life. It examines the development of racial identity for people of color and white people, including racism, white privilege, talking with children about race, finding a diverse environment, and handling outsiders' questions and comments; family issues, including strengthening family identity, parenting strategies, birth families, the extended family, siblings, and religious choices and beliefs; issues common to all transracial adoptive families from a developmental perspective; and specific situations and how to deal with them, such as building pride, bilingualism, gay and lesbian families, challenges for specific cultural groups, and the adoption experience. This edition incorporates new research on positive racial identity and multicultural families and reflects recent developments and trends in adoption. Hall, an advocate for adopted children of color who lectures and leads workshops on the topic, and Steinberg are both adoptive mothers in a multiracial family and lead an organization that provides support for adopted children of color. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)