What is Transracial Adoption?

By Gail Steinberg and Beth Hall Transracial adoption means the joining of racially different parents and children together in adoptive families. Most transracial adoptive parents are white. Most transracially- adopted kids are of color. Transracial adoption includes children adopted from other countries as well as those born in the United States. This means that kids of color in transracial families usually must learn to negotiate the racial issues they encounter in our race conscious society without the benefits of having parents of color who have experience dealing with racial bias and racism. Very often transracially-adopted children of color grow up thinking of adoption and race as the same thing. When

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Stepping Inside of Transracial Adoption

by Beth Hall Children deserve to experience belonging, no matter how many families they have, whether they join their family, by birth or by adoption, no matter their age, no matter their race or how weird or boring or amazing they are, they deserve to come to believe in an absolute way that they have a rightful place in their home. Family provides the base. I grew up in a family built by adoption – our parents adopted my sister; I was born to them. Two of our three closest cousins were also adopted into the family. I grew up with and continue to hear statements from adoptive parents about

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Pact Point of View: Adoptism – A Definition

by Beth Hall & Gail Steinberg Racism: A belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities. A belief that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race. Sexism: A prejudice or discrimination against someone on the basis of gender. Adoptism: A belief that forming a family by birth is superior to forming a family by adoption. A belief that keeping a child with his/her biological parents is inherently better than placing a child for adoption. A belief that growing up as an adopted person is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities. A belief that differences in family-building structures or methods produce an

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