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