Enhancing positive outcomes in transracial adoptive families
Frasch, Karie. Brooks, Devon. Reich, Jennifer. Wind, Leslie.
California Social Work Education Center (CalSWEC).
University of Southern California. School of Social Work.
xxv, 214 p.
Publication Information: Berkeley, CA : California Social Work Education Center
Available from: California Child Welfare Resource Library
University of California, Berkeley, School of Social Welfare Marchant Building, Suite 420 6701 San Pablo
Berkeley, CA 94720-7420
This curriculum provides current, relevant, and sensitive information about the experiences and challenges of transracial adoptive families with the goal of improving the quality of services and supports provided to these unique families. Issues surrounding family development, and race and culture are of particular importance. There is also a growing subset of transracial adoptive families who choose to maintain contact with their child's birth family. Very little information exists to help these families or their child welfare workers understand the bumpy terrain of openness. This curriculum takes a first step toward filling some of the many gaps in knowledge and practice. It includes summaries transracial adoption literature, a theoretical discussion about normative development in transracial adoptive families, practice oriented information including discussion questions and exercises, case vignettes, worker guidance, a self-assessment tool, and findings from the in-depth qualitative study of 12 transracial adoptive families in California conducted as part of this project. Findings themes include: the complicated factors involved in choosing transracial adoption; how the children and youth understand the meaning of their adoption; issues around the choice to maintain contact with their adopted child s birth family, the role of the contact, and the vulnerability of contact arrangements; the role of race in family life and development, negotiating different cultural worlds, and developmental changes; and the role of services and supports prior to and following adoption. (Author abstract) Handouts available at http://www.csulb.edu/projects/ccwrl/Transracial%20Adoption%20Handouts.pdf
transracial adoption; adoptive families; adoption services; public agency adoption; development; self evaluation; professional training; foster parents training; workforce; curricula