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.

The Cultural-Racial Identity Model: A TheoreticalFramework for Studying Transracial Adoptees

The cultural-racial identity model: A theoretical framework for studyingtransracial adoptees

Multiracial children, transracial adoptees, and foster children in familieswherein more than one racial or cultural heritage exists have a uniqueexperience inside and outside the home that is distinctly different fromchildren being raised in racially and culturally homogeneous families. Becausehealthy development of these children is contingent on their effectivemanagement of diversity-related issues both inside and outside of the home,psychologists and counselors must be prepared to accurately assess and developappropriate strategies for intervention when psychological and emotionaldilemmas become evident within these households.

SOURCE: Portions of this chapter have been previously published in “Aframework for use with racially and culturally integrated families: Thecultural-racial identity model,” in Journal of SocialDistress and ...

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