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In their VoicesBlack Americans on Transracial Adoption$
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Rhonda M. Roorda

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231172219

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231172219.001.0001

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Moving Beyond the Controversy of the Transracial Adoption of Black and Biracial Children

Moving Beyond the Controversy of the Transracial Adoption of Black and Biracial Children

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(p.1) Introduction Moving Beyond the Controversy of the Transracial Adoption of Black and Biracial Children
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In their Voices
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Rhonda M. Roorda

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231172219.003.0006

More than forty years since the National Association of Black Social Workers vehemently opposed to the adoptions of Black children by White parents calling it “cultural genocide,” transracial adoption continues to be controversial. Traditional adoption research (1972–1992) has shown that the transracial adoption of children of color into White homes is healthy for the child. However, as adoptees of color have come of age, studies are showing that racial identity increasingly important to them; and that the color-blind philosophy that their White adoptive parents endorsed throughout their childhood and adolescent years is problematic; causing adult adoptees of color to be ill-prepared to navigate in American society with dark skin once they leave the privileges and protection of their White adoptive home.

Keywords:   Adoption, Transracial, Identity, Discrimination, Family

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