White Parents, Black Children: Experiencing Transracial Adoption

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Rowman & Littlefield, Nov 16, 2011 - Family & Relationships - 162 pages
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White Parents, Black Children looks at the difficult issue of race in transracial adoptions--particularly the adoption by white parents of children from different racial and ethic groups. Despite the long history of troubled and fragile race relations in the United States, some people believe the United States may be entering a post-racial state where race no longer matters, citing evidence like the increasing number of transracial adoptions to make this point. However, White Parents, Black Children argues that racism remains a factor for many children of transracial adoptions. Black children raised in white homes are not exempt from racism, and white parents are often naive about the experiences their children encounter. This book aims to bring to light racial issues that are often difficult for families to talk about, focusing on the racial socialization white parents provide for their transracially adopted children about what it means to be black in contemporary American society. Blendingthe stories of adoptees and their parents with extensive research, the authors discuss trends in transracial adoptions, challenge the concept of "colorblind" America, and offer suggestions to help adoptees develop a healthy sense of self.
 

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Contents

Considering Family Home and Love and the Paradoxes of Race Matters
1
Demographic Trends Introducing the Families
17
Chapter 3 Transracial Adoption White Racial Knowledge and the Trouble with Love Is Enough
33
What Do We Know?
57
White Adoptive Parents Learning and Not Learning about Race
79
Chapter 6 White Parents TeachingBlack Children about Race
97
Practical Advice for White Adoptive Parents
111
Appendix A A Note about Our Methods and Methodology
125
Appendix B Transracial Adoption in the 2000 Census and the National Survey of Adoptive Parents 2007
133
Notes
139
References
141
Index
157
About the Authors
161
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Darron T. Smith is a frequent commentator on issues of race, including a New York Times post on transracial adoption and Haiti. He is assistant professor at Wichita State University and the coeditor of the book Black and Mormon. Cardell K. Jacobson is Karl G. Maeser Professor at Brigham Young University and the author or editor of several books, including Statistical Handbook on Racial Groups in the United States. Brenda G. Juárez is assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, specializing in social justice education.

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