Transracial and Intercountry Adoptions

Cultural Guidance for Professionals

Edited by Rowena Fong and Ruth McRoy

Columbia University Press

Transracial and Intercountry Adoptions

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Pub Date: January 2016

ISBN: 9780231172554

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Transracial and Intercountry Adoptions

Cultural Guidance for Professionals

Edited by Rowena Fong and Ruth McRoy

Columbia University Press

With essays by well-known adoption practitioners and researchers who source empirical research and practical knowledge, this volume addresses key developmental, cultural, health, and behavioral issues in the transracial and international adoption process and provides recommendations for avoiding fraud and techniques for navigating domestic and foreign adoption laws. The text details the history, policy, and service requirements relating to white, African American, Asian American, Latino and Mexican American, and Native American children and adoptive families. It addresses specific problems faced by adoptive families with children and youth from China, Russia, Ethiopia, India, Korea, and Guatemala, and offers targeted guidance on ethnic identity formation, trauma, mental health treatment, and the challenges of gay or lesbian adoptions
This excellent book notes the increasing diversity in American families and will be a valuable resource for mental health practitioners, medical doctors, teachers, and child welfare workers. Malinda Seymore, Texas A&M University, School of Law
Both evidence-based and accessible. The research reflects the authors' multidisciplinary backgrounds and the growing interdisciplinary nature of the field of adoption research and practice. from the foreword by Hal Grotevant, University of Massachussetts–Amherst
Rowena Fong and Ruth McRoy, two leading authorities in the field of adoption, have assembled highly talented researchers and practitioners to explore the complicated issues associated with transracial and intercountry adoptions. Their timely and informative book covers a range of topics from a multidisciplinary perspective. It raises important questions about adoption policy, ethical adoption practice, adoptive parent preparation, and supporting healthy racial and cultural identity in adopted individuals. Practice guidelines, case illustrations, and discussion questions enrich each of the chapters, making this volume especially appropriate as an academic and professional training resource. Transracial and Intercountry Adoptions should be required reading for adoption placement professionals, researchers, and practitioners who work with families adopting across racial and cultural lines. David Brodzinsky, National Center on Adoption and Permanency
This work draws on the extensive research experience and broad social work practice experience of coeditors Fong and McRoy, in combination with the expertise contributed to specific chapters by a veritable 'who's who' of other researchers and practitioners who are leading figures in the world of transracial and intercountry adoptions. Hal Grotevant, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction, by Rowena Fong, Ruth McRoy and Ann Schwartz
1. Overview of Intercountry Adoptions, by Rowena Fong, Ruth McRoy, and Hollee McGinnis
2. Legal and Policy Issues Impacting Intercountry Adoption Practices, by Karen Rotabi and Carmen Monico
3. Overview of and Legal and Policy Issues Impacting Transracial Adoptions, by Ruth McRoy, Amy Griffin and Hollee McGinnis
4. Interculturally Competent Practice with Gay and Lesbian Families, by Devon Brooks, Doni Whitsett, and Jeremy T. Goldbach
5. A Neurodevelopmental Perspective and Clinical Challenges, by Bruce Perry, Erin Hambrick and Robert Perry
6. Ethnic Identity Formation, by Ellen E. Pinderhughes, Jessica A. K. Matthews, Xian Zhang
7. Mental Health Issues, by Amanda L. Baden, Jonathan R. Mazza, Andrew Kitchen, Elliotte Harrington, and Ebony White
8. Medical Issues, by Dana E. Johnson and Judith K. Eckerle
9. School Issues, by Jae Ran Kim and Beth Hall
10. The Need for Adoption Competent Mental Health Professionals, by Debbie Riley and Ellen Singer
List of Contributors
Index

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About the Author

Rowena Fong is the Ruby Lee Piester Centennial Professor in Services to Children and Families in the School of Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin and Member of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare.

Ruth McRoy holds the Donahue and DiFelice Endowed Professorship at the Boston College School of Social Work and is a member of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare.