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Amanda Baden

In: Handbook of Adoption: Implications for Researchers,Practitioners, and Families

Chapter 23: Identity, Psychological Adjustment, Culture, and Race:Issues for Transracial Adoptees and the Cultural-Racial Identity Model

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Identity, Psychological Adjustment, Culture, and Race:Issues for Transracial Adoptees and the Cultural-Racial Identity Model
Identity, psychological adjustment, culture, and race: Issues fortransracial adoptees and the cultural-racial identity model

Transracial adoption, or the joining of racially different parents and childrenin adoptive families (Zamostny, O'Brien, Baden, & Wiley, 2003),has received a resurgence in attention given the greater frequency with whichcouples and single parents have been adopting children internationally anddomestically. Transracial adoption encompasses both domestic and internationaladoptions where the children and the parents are racially different.Interestingly, although not all international adoptions are transracial, thevast majority (67.76%) likely fall into this category (Child Welfare League ofAmerica, 2003). Estimates of the numbers of transracial adoptees have beendifficult to discern. According to the U.S. Department of State (2006), 6,536children were adopted internationally ...

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