Inside Transracial Adoption: Strength-Based, Culture-Sensitizing Parenting Strategies for Inter-Country or Domestic Adoptive Families That Don't "M

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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?

Transracial adoption is a lifelong journey, complex and challenging. But it can work well for kids and families if ...

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Overview

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?

Transracial adoption is a lifelong journey, complex and challenging. But it can work well for kids and families if parents acknowledge that race and adoption matter and educate themselves to meet the challenges ahead. This book is designed to support transracial adoptive parents in their lifelong learning process.

Inside Transracial Adoption is the classic authoritative guide to navigating the challenges and issues that parents face when they adopt a child of a different race and/or culture. Filled with real-life examples and specific strategies for success, the book explores in-depth the realities of raising a child of color, 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 nationwide.

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 the people who support them.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781849059053
  • Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/15/2013
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 302
  • Sales rank: 308,599
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements. Section 1. Unpacking the Challenges of Transracial Adoption. 1. Our Perspectives on Transracial Adoption. Section 2. Racial Identity. 2. Racial Identity Development. 3. Confronting Racism and Our Own White Privilege. 4. Breaking the Racial Sound Barrier. 5. Seeking Diversity. 6. Handling Outsiders' Questions and Comments. Section 3. Family Matters. 7. Strengthening Family Identity. 8. Transracial Parenting Strategies. 9. Birth Family. 10. Extended Family. 11. Siblings In/By Adoption. 12. Religious Choices and Beliefs. Section 4. Through Development's Lens. 13. Infants. 14. Preschoolers. 15. School-agers. 16. Tween and Teens. 17. Our Children Are Our Children Forever - Even As Adults. Section 5. Specifics in Focus. 18. Building a Foundation. 19. Building Hope and Pride. 20. Cultural Specifics. 21. Adoption Specifics. Section 6. Parting Thoughts. 22. Embracing Our Strengths. Index.

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