Adoption Stories from Adopted the Movie - A Feature Film by Barb Lee

June 10, 2008

NPR Programs on Transracial Adoption

Filed under: Adoption,Uncategorized — Catherine @ 7:11 pm

NPR recently presented a few stories on transracial adoption:

‘Colorblind’ Adoption Scrutinized

Report Criticizes ‘Colorblind’ Adoptions

Growing Up Black in a White Family – An interview with transracial adoptee and actor Aaron Stigger

June 2, 2008

Major Changes Urged in Transracial Adoption; Some welfare groups say black children ill-served by ‘colorblind’ approach

Filed under: Adoption,adoption news — Catherine @ 10:51 am


At the heart of the debate is the fact that the foster care system has a disproportionately high number of black children, and on average they languish there nine months longer than white children before moving to permanent homes. The latest federal figures showed that 32 percent of the 510,000 children in foster care were black in 2006, compared with 15 percent of all U.S. children.

Of the black children adopted out of foster care, about 20 percent are adopted by white families. The Donaldson report said current federal law, by stressing color blindness, deters child welfare agencies from assessing families’ readiness to adopt transracially or preparing them for the distinctive challenges they might face.

“There is a higher rate of problems in minority foster children adopted transracially than in-race,” said the report. “All children deserve to be raised in families that respect their cultural heritage.”

Read the full article here: Major Changes Urged in Transracial Adoption.