Native American Transracial Adoptees Tell Their Stories.
Simon, Rita J. Hernandez, Sarah.
viii, 371 p.
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This text presents 20 interviews with Native American adoptees raised in non-Native homes that explore complex questions of cultural identity formation. Part 1 of the book describes the impetus and impact of the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978, court decisions involving children who were members of an Indian tribe, findings from research on Native American children adopted by white parents, and opposition to adoption of Native American children by non-Native Americans. Part 2 explains the characteristics of the participants in the interviews, all of whom were adopted by non-Native Americans at the ages of three days old and three years old. Part 3 presents the 20 interviews that explore placement histories, learning another language, minority status, racism, current relationships with tribes, professional lives, searching for birth families, and thoughts on placing Native Americans with non-Native families. Part 4 summarizes findings from the interviews that indicate all respondents were supportive of the Indian Child Welfare Act and believe that Native children should be raised in Native households whenever possible. Eighteen of the 20 participants, however, believe that non-Native families can raise Native children to be happy, healthy, well-adjusted adults.
Native Americans; adopted children; transracial adoption; Cultural factors; ICWA