Transracial adoption is a term used to refer to a type of adoption where an adoptive couple adopts a child of a race or ethnicity different than their own. Some people also call these types of adoptions “interracial adoption” or “multiracial adoption.” Lifetime Adoption has completed thousands of transracial adoptions throughout our 30+ years of business, and we’d love to help you learn more about this type of domestic infant adoption!
Typically in America nowadays transracial adoptions are Caucasian parents adopting children of color. The amount of transracial adoptions completed in the U.S. has gone up significantly in the last 20 years. So, just how common are transracial adoptions in the country? According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, 21% of domestic infant adoptions in America are interracial.
Research shows that transracially adopted children compare positively to children adopted into same families of the same race as them. If you’re interested in pursuing a transracial adoption, Lifetime encourages you to educate and prepare yourselves to adopt a child of another race. An excellent resource you can use to do just that is Lifetime’s adoption webinar: Transracial Adoption Webinar | Interracial Adoption Stories. The panel of adoptive moms who appeared in this webinar all adopted a baby of a race other than their own, and they're a helpful resource if you're considering transracial adoption.
There are also some great books out there that you can use to learn more about transracial adoption/interracial adoption, including:
- I'm Chocolate, You're Vanilla: Raising Healthy Black and Biracial Children in a Race-Conscious World
- In Their Voices: Black Americans on Transracial Adoption
- Inside Transracial Adoption
We suggest checking out our websites AfricanAmericanAdoptions.com and BiRacial-Adoptions.com to learn more as well. Both of these sites have a wealth of info for couples considering interracial adoption. Included on both sites are lists of birth parents seeking families so that you can get an idea if the adoption situations we're working with.