Adoption Across Borders: Serving the Children in Transracial and Intercountry Adoptions

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2000 - Family & Relationships - 161 pages
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For over thirty years, Rita J. Simon and Howard Altstein have been studying transracial and intercountry adoptions. The families they have studied include white parents; African American, Hispanic, and Korean children; and Jewish Stars of David families, among others. This book summarizes their findings and compares them with other studies. It is an invaluable source of data on the number and frequency of transracial and intercountry adoptions and on the attitudes toward them. Moreover, it strongly advocates and demonstrates the positive effects of transracial and intercountry adoptions, countering public policy initiatives that emphasize 'same race' adoption practices.
 

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Contents

The History and Frequency of Transracial and Intercountry Adoptions
1
The Legal Perspective on Transracial and Intercountiy Adoptions
23
The Case against Transracial Adoption
37
Results of Empirical Studies of Transracial Adoptions
49
Results of Empirical Studies of Intercountry Adoptions
85
A Comparison of the Experiences of Adult Korean and Black Transracial Adoptees
117
The Experiences of Stars of David Families 1987 and 1997
127
Concluding Remarks and Policy Recommendations
141
Index
153
About the Authors
161
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Rita J. Simon is University Professor at American University.

Howard Altstein is professor of social work at the University of Maryland.

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