I was helping a fellow multi-racial transracial adoptee look for resources on Latino families and adoption, and I was SURE I had some articles from several years ago when I was researching same race recruitment for families, but rats, I couldn't find them. Maybe I'll come across it as I'm organizing my bibliography into EndNote, which is my current project.

However, it frustrates me that over the hour or so I was looking through my university's search engines, I could only find two articles about Latino families and adoption but there are oodles of articles about White families adopting Latino children.

And don't even get me started on the inbalance in the world wide web.

What does that say about where we place our priorities and support?

Author: JaeRan

Assistant professor at UW Tacoma, writer, and researcher.

2 thoughts

  1. If you think that’s hard, try finding info/support for young Latina mamis trying to “earn” their kids back from CPS and become successful parents. I’ve been looking for a group, a role model, something, for the teenage mother of our foster daughter, but there is nothing. NOTHING. If you’re middle class, white, suburban, and Christian, there are a lot of churches where you’ll fit right in. But where are the supports for the young women of color who want to parent, and who could be successful with the right supports in place? It doesn’t promote family reunification to make young mothers constantly feel like they’re the only one in the world having their experience, and the cards are stacked against them from the start by being poor, urban, and Latina. If you want to know why so many white families adopt Latino children, start with the case managers. When they don’t believe in their client, and fail to put the right supports in place, mothers lose their children to a system that never gave them a moment’s thought. And there aren’t enough Latino foster families to adopt the Latino children who become available for adoption. Not that it would matter, since CPS can’t look at race as a factor in deciding an adoptive placement. There are so many things wrong with this picture.

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