How many families are adopting transracially?
- The most recent estimate of transracial adoption was performed in 1987 by the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS). The findings revealed that only 8% of all adoptions include parents and children of different races.
- 1% of white women adopt black children
- 5% of white women adopt children of other races
- 2% of women of other races adopt white children (estimates include foreign-born). (Stolley, 1993)
- An estimated 15% of the 36,000 adoptions of foster children in FY 1998 were transracial or transcultural adoptions. (US DHHS, 2000)
What does the research show?
- The research that has been done to date suggests that transracial adoption is a viable means of providing stable homes for waiting children. Nearly a dozen studies consistently indicate that approximately 75% of transracially adopted preadolescent and younger children adjust well in their adoptive homes. (Silverman, 1993)
- In a 1995 study, transracial adoption was not found to be detrimental for the adoptee in terms of adjustment, self-esteem, academic achievement, peer relationships, parental and adult relationships. (Sharma, McGue, Benson, 1995)
I was torturing myself by surfing adoption webites. I shouldn't do that. I just found out that everyone is well adjusted and unphased by transracial adoption except for myself and a handful of Korean Adoptees. BTW, where are all of the blogging Vietnamese adoptees? Anyway, the ironic thing is the website cites an anti-descrimination law put in place by Congress to back up (?), justify (?) transracial adoption as….what?
I've said it before and I'll say it again. I think it's "okay", not ideal and certainly not acceptable if adoptive parents aren't well informed and prepared to deal with its complex nature. What does this study say to potential adoptive parents?