Although most mental health and behavioral health professionals have encountered adoption triad members—birth parents, adoptive parents, and adopted persons—in their clinical practice, the vast majority have had no formal or informal training on adoption issues. The Handbook of Adoption is the first text designed for mental health practitioners to specifically address the many dimensions of adoption-related issues which can and do affect adoption triad members, specifically in the United States.

Transracia and International Adoption: Preface
Transracia and international adoption: Preface

This part of The Handbook of Adoption: Implications forResearchers, Practitioners, and Families examines the visible or“conspicuous” adoptions that have come to reflect the 21stcentury's face of adoption. Racial, cultural, and ethnic differenceswithin adoptive families have become more prevalent and prominent in theadoption world within the past 50-plus years. In the United States, transracialadoption, which can be either domestic (adoptions of children by families withinthe children's country of birth) or international (adoptions of childrenby parents across national borders), refers to placing children with parentsfrom a different racial or ethnic group. Since its inception as an adoptionpractice, the impact of transracial adoptive placements has been scrutinized,and questions have been raised about the long-term outcomes for transracialadoptees and for ...

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