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Resources: Transcultural and Transracial Adoption


John Rabile Online

John Raible came publically into the adoption community via the video, Struggle for Identity: Issues in Transracial Adoption. He is also in the sequale, Struggle for Identity: A Conversation 10 Years later. His contributions far exceed these two videos! See, Who Is John Raible?
Certainly, his posts chronicle his own experiences as a transcultural adoptee, as well as an adoptive parent. For example, Sticking With A Wounded Child , Canaries in the Coal MineSame Story, Different DecadeIdentity: You Are What You Speak.  Yet, he also offers abundant resources as to how to actually “act” and develop a “transracialized” lifestyle.What is Transracialization?, Transracial Parenting in Foster Care and Adoption: Strengthening Your Bicultural Family, 9 Steps to a Transracialized Lifestyle, Advice for Parents of Asian Adoptees
The wealth of poignant, in-depth, practical information on this blog is simply phenomenal! I encourage everyone involved with adoption to go read this blog!


Alperson, Myra. Dim Sum, Bagels, and Grits: A Sourcebook for Multicultural Families. (New York: Farrar, Strauss, Giroux, 2001.)

Coughlin, Amy and Caryn Abramowitz. Cross Cultural Adoption: How to Answer Questions from Family, Friends, and Community. (Washington: Lifeline Press, 2004.)

Cox, Susan Soon Keum, ed. Voices from Another Place: A Collection of Works from a Generation Born in Korea and Adopted to Other Countries. (St. Paul: Yeong & Yeong Book Company, 1999.)

Crumbley, Joseph Transracial Adoption and Foster Care: Practice Issues for Professionals. (Washington: Child Welfare League of America, 1999.)

Evans, Karin. The Lost Daughters of China.  (New York: Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam, 2000.)

Hoffman, Kevin. Growing Up Black in White. (Vine Appointment Publishing Company, 2010.)

John, Jaiya. Black Baby, White Hands: A View from the Crib. (Silver Spring: Soul Water Rising, 2005.)

Johnson, Kay Ann and Amy Klatzkin. Wanting a Daughter, Needing a Son: Abandonment, Adoption and Orphanage Care in China. (St. Paul: Yeong & Yeong Book Company, 2004.)

Mathias, Barbara and Mary Ann French. 40 Ways to Raise a Nonracist Child. (New York: Harper Perennial, 1996.)

Nakazawa, Donna Jackson. Does Anybody Else Look Like Me?: A Parent’s Guide to Raising Multiracial Children. (Cambridge: Da Capo Lifelong, 2003.)

Register, Cheri. Are Those Kids Yours: American Families with Children Adopted from Other Countries. (New York: Free Press, 1990.)

Register, Cheri. Beyond Good Intentions: A Mother Reflects on Raising Internationally Adopted Children. (St. Paul: Yeong & Yeong Book Company, 2005.)

Simon, Rita and Rhonda Roorda. In Their Own Voices: Transracial Adoptees Tell Their Stories. (New York: Columbia University Press, 2000.)

Simon, Rita and Rhonda Roorda. In Their Parents’ Voices: Reflections on Raising Transracial Adoptees. (New York: Columbia University Press, 2007.)

Simon, Rita and Rhonda Roorda. In Their Siblings’ Voices: White Non-Adopted Siblings Talk about Their Experiences Being Raised with Black and Biracial Brothers and Sisters. (New York: Columbia University Press, 2009.)

Steinberg,Gail and Beth Hall. Inside Transracial Adoption. (Indianapolis: Perspectives Press, 2000.)

Tatum, Beverly Daniel. Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? (New York: Basic Books, 1997.)

Tranka, Jane Jeong, Julia Chinyere Oparah and Sun Yung Shin. Outsiders Within: Writing on Transracial Adoption. (Cambridge: South End Press, 2006.)

Wright, Marguerite. I’m Chocolate, You’re Vanilla: Raising Healthy Black and Biracial Children in a Race- Conscious World. (New York: Jossey-Bass, 1998.)

Wu, Frank. Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White. (New York: Basic Books, 2003.)

Heritage Camps and Tours

Corley, Colleen. “AF’s Complete Guide to Heritage Travel”
Kizner, Leslie. "A Domestic Heritage Trip."
Adoptive Families Magazine. “Going Back”
Kitze, Carrie. “6 Questions to Ponder before Making A Homeland Trip”
Larsen, Elizabeth. “Weekend at Culture Camp”
Solchany, JoAnne. “Off to Culture Camp?”
Mikkelson, Katherine. Camp Days”
Adoptive Families Magazine. “Should I Send My Child to Culture Camp?”
Adoptive Families Magazine Culture and Heritage Events listings


Dr. Joseph Crumbley

Author of Transracial Adoption and Foster Care: Practice Issues for Professionals (see above) and Kinship Care: Relatives Raising Children, Dr. Crumbley has also produced a series of videos:
Special Needs of Minority Children Adopted Transracially
The Impact of Transracial Adoption on the Adopted Child and Adoptive Family
Parenting Tasks in Transracial Adoptions
Assessing a Family’s Ability to Adopt Transracially.
Dr. Crumbley provides training and consultation in the areas of transracial adoption and kinship care.

Families with Children from China (FCC)

FCC is a nondenominational organization of families who have adopted children from China. The purpose of FCC is to provide a network of support for families who have adopted in China and to provide information to prospective parents. The purpose of this site is to consolidate the information that has been put together by the families of FCC, in order to make it easier for future parents to consider adopting from China. We also try to provide pointers to other adoption and China related resources available on the Web. FCC has chapters around the country—visit their site and find a support group near you.

Families for Russian and Ukrainian Adoptions (FRUA)

FRUA exists to support adoptive families who are considering adoption, in the process of adopting and those who have returned home with their precious children. FRUA is an organization that is for everyone; whether you are just beginning to travel the road to adoption or you’ve been a forever family for a while. FRUA has local chapters across the country and FRUA chat where you can talk online with other pre- and post-adoptive families.

Guatemala-Adopt List / The "BigList           

The Guatemala-Adopt List also known as the "Biglist" is the largest list on Guatemalan adoption. With several thousand members, this is a heavily-trafficked list, and it permits open negative or positive discussion about agencies, attorneys or facilitators. This list also talks about Guatemala politics and culture, international adoption policies, and post-adoption life raising a child of Guatemalan origin. The Guatemala-Adopt list also maintains years of detailed archives, featuring every post. This is a wealth of information on agencies, attorneys and facilitators. You need to login to get a free password to review the archives.

North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC)

NACAC promotes and supports permanent families for children and youth in the U.S. and Canada who have been in care—especially those in foster care and those with special needs. NACAC offers a quarterly newsletter—Adoptalk— replete with cutting edge articles pertaining to all aspects of adoption. Their annual conference is always exciting and informative. Child care is available at this parent-friendly conference. Tapes of conference workshop sessions may be purchased at—www.adoptiontapes.com. The NACAC website contains articles covering all facets of transcultural adoption. Subsidy information and a nationwide listing of adoptive parent support groups can also be found at NACAC.

Pact—An Adoption Alliance

Pact is a non-profit organization with a primary mission to serve children of color in need of adoption or who are growing up in adoptive families. In every case, the child is their primary client. They believe that to serve the child we must support and serve his or her adoptive parents by offering the very best resources to help them cope with a world whose attitudes too often reflect “adoptism” and racism. If you are looking for information related to any transcultural adoption issue, you are sure to find it on the Pact website! Pact makes available Below the Surface, a self-assessment guide for parents considering transcultural or transracial adoptions. Pact also has an online book store—all books are reviewed by Pact prior to selection for this store.


This online magazine is a great source of adoption-related information. You can search their database for articles written on any topic related to adoption. RainbowKids makes obtaining information quick and easy!


“I Wonder…” Teenagers Talk about Adoption. A diverse group of adolescent adoptees share their thoughts on various aspects of adoption. This video is available at www.fairfamilies.org—Families Adopting in Response.

First Person Plural. The blurb states, “In 1966, Deann Borshay Liem was adopted by an American family and was sent from Korea to her new home. Growing up in California, the memory of her birth family was nearly obliterated until recurring dreams lead Borshay Liem to discover the truth: her Korean mother was very much alive. Bravely uniting her biological and adoptive families, Borshay Liem's heartfelt journey makes First Person Plural a poignant essay on family, loss, and the reconciling of two identities.” The video is available at through PBS— www.pbs.org 

Struggle for Identity: Issues in Transracial Adoption. Transracial adoptees and their families discuss the difficult issues of racism, identity and sense of place. This video is available at www.nysccc.org New York State Citizen’s Coalition for Children.



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