The Interracial Adoption Option

The Interracial Adoption Option

Creating A Family Across Race

Book - 2013
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Jessica Kingsley Pub
The perfect starting point for parents of transracially adopted children and those who are considering adopting transracially.The Interracial Adoption Option is a personal guide to interracial adoption which draws on the lives and experiences of the authors, a white US couple, who adopt two African-American children. Starting from their decision to adopt their first child interracially, it describes the situations and decisions that followed as a result of their child's racial background. The authors' combine their personal experiences with practical advice. They address common issues like where to live, how to choose a doctor and how to take care of your child's hair and skin. They also tackle difficult questions such as, 'Does race matter?' 'Why is a healthy racial identity important?' and 'What do I do if I suspect my child is being treated unfairly because of his/her race?' An accessible introduction to the complex world of interracial adoption, this book is the first book you need to read if you are thinking of adopting transracially or have done so already.
The Interracial Adoption Option draws on the lives and experiences of a couple adopting children interracially. Through the author' experiences, the book guides prospective parents through the adoption experience, providing answers to complex questions and offering practical advice on interracially adoption.

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Drawing on 20-plus years of their own family experiences after adopting two African-American boys, Fine (communications, Simmons College) and Johnson (English, Clark University) present The Interracial Adoption Option as a practical guide for research and to support decision-making, and dealing with issues that will arise in multiracial families in the US. They discuss social and cultural issues vis-?-vis the topic of race and provide practical advice about talking to others regarding adoption, deciding where to live, and communicating with school teachers. They particularly want to call attention to the complex nature of race and how it affects adoption, and their emphasis is on white people adopting an African-American child. There are six chapters: making the decision to adopt a child of another race; talking about race and adoption; helping your child develop a healthy racial identity; talking about race and adoption with your child; navigating school; and creating a support system for you and your child. Their book is targeted for anyone who is considering adoption transracially or has already done so. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: London : Jessica Kingsley Publishers, c2013
ISBN: 9781849059305
Branch Call Number: 306.874 FIN
Characteristics: 168 p. ;,23 cm.
Additional Contributors: Johnson, Fern L.


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