Colors Magazine: “Shades of Transracial Adoption”

Shades of Transracial Adoption: Challenges and joys color experience for adult adoptees

By: Kevin Henry

It has been more than 20 years since the first large wave of transracial adoptions began to change the complexion of many families across the country. As these adopted children have come of age, they have become living case studies of the challenges, joys and sometimes pitfalls that can come with adoption across racial lines.

While many adoptees report a great sense of love and mutual respect shared with their adoptive parents, some describe a lack of cultural competency within their families, and cultural disconnect and confusion leading to resentment.

Now the increasingly vocal community of adult transracial adoptees has begun to come together to identify the best practices in transracial adoption and to better prepare future parents for issues facing adoptees. Through Web sites, books and blogs, they are sharing their stories to improve the experiences of others – children and parents alike. . .

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