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 9: Moving beyond the Controversy of the Transracial Adoptionof Black and Biracial Children: Transracial Adoption of Black and BiracialChildren

Moving beyond the Controversy of the Transracial Adoptionof Black and Biracial Children: Transracial Adoption of Black and BiracialChildren

Moving beyond the controversy of the transracial adoption of black andbiracial children: Transracial adoption of black and biracialchildren

What are the implications for children who are adopted by parents who areracially and ethnically different? Do these children grow up to bepsychologically healthy, and with which ethnic group will they identify? Willthese children be able to function in dual societies when they become adults?Does race even matter? These are vital questions and concerns that have spawnedintense discussion in the public arena and among social work professionals,political organizations, scholars, and families for more than three decades.

The issue of transracial adoption, particularly the adoption of Black andBiracial children into White homes ...

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