Inside Transracial Adoption: Strength-based, Culture-sensitizing Parenting Strategies for Inter-country Or Domestic Adoptive Families that Don't "match"

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Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2013 - Family & Relationships - 302 pages
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Is transracial adoption a positive choice for kids?
How can children gain their new families without losing their birth heritage?
How can parents best support their children after placement?

Inside Transracial Adoption is an authoritative guide to navigating the challenges and issues that parents face in the USA when they adopt a child of a different race and/or from a different culture. Filled with real-life examples and strategies for success, this book explores in depth the realities of raising a child transracially, whether in a multicultural or a predominantly white community. Readers will learn how to help children adopted transracially or transnationally build a strong sense of identity, so that they will feel at home both in their new family and in their racial group or culture of origin. This second edition incorporates the latest research on positive racial identity and multicultural families, and reflects recent developments and trends in adoption.

Drawing on research, decades of experience as adoption professionals, and their own personal experience of adopting transracially, Beth Hall and Gail Steinberg offer insights for all transracial adoptive parents - from prospective first-time adopters to experienced veterans - and those who support them.

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About the author (2013)

Beth Hall is the white adoptive mother of a Latina daughter and an African American son, both now adults, and grew up with an adopted sister. Beth is currently the Director of Pact, An Adoption Alliance. She lives in Oakland, California, with her husband Ted, and their children when they are home visiting. She is a nationally known advocate for adopted children of color who regularly lectures and leads workshops on ethical, non-racist adoption practices. In 2010 she received the Outstanding Practitioner in Adoption Award from the Adoption Initiative at St. John's University.

Gail Steinberg is the adoptive mother of four grown daughters and sons. Her multiracial family has Korean/Native American, African American and white members. She has six grandchildren and lives in Oakland, California.

Beth and Gail co-founded Pact, An Adoption Alliance, in 1991 to combat the discrimination they witnessed against adopted children of color and their birth families. Pact is a non-profit organization whose mission is to serve adopted children of color. In order to best serve children's needs, Pact provides not only adoptive placement but lifelong education, support, and community for adoptees and their families on issues of adoption and race. Find out more at www.pactadopt.org.

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