Multiracial families comprise a rapidly growing population in the United States. This volume addresses this population, so often neglected in the counselling literature. Following an historical overview, the authors: address both the special needs and special strengths of multiracial families; explore the challenges facing interracially married couples; examine social and cultural issues pertinent to parenting multiracial children; and translate results of biracial identity development research into counselling practice.

Other Multiracial Families

Other multiracial families

This chapter is devoted to an examination of the significant issues of families that have become multiracial through foster home placement and through cross-racial or transracial adoption. Issues of cross-racial adoption both from inside the United States and from foreign countries are included. Manuscripts addressing the United States' transracial adoption debate, which has been ongoing for more than a quarter of a century, are reviewed. Also addressed are pertinent issues of gay and lesbian multiracial families. The terms multiracial, cross-racial, and transracial are used synonymously. Inracial placement refers to the assignment of children to homes in which the adults are of the same race as the children.

There is an enormous dearth of counseling literature on the topics addressed in this ...

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