Transracial Adoptees and Their Families: A Study of Identity and Commitment

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the widespread feeling in the black community that child welfare agencies have an extremely large number of adoptable black children and few potential black adoptive parents, reducing the likelihood of inracial placement. Whatever the reasons for rejecting official adoption, the result is fewer adoptable black children reaching the child welfare system. To the extent that this occurs, the opportunities for transracial adoption are reduced.


NOTES
1.
Melvin Zelnik and John Kanter, "First Pregnancies to Women Aged 15-19: 1976-1977", Family Planning Perspective 10 ( January-February 1978):11.
2.
Jacqueline Darroch Forrest, Christopher Tietze, and Ellen Sullivan, "Abortion in the United States, 1976-1977", Family Planning Perspective 10 ( September-October 1978):271.
3.
"1.55 Million Abortions Reported in 1980", New York Times, February 23, 1982, p. A14.
4.
"New York Is First in Abortion Rate", New York Times, March 3, 1985, p. 18.
5.
Nadine Brozan, "Rate of Pregnancies for U.S. Teenagers Found High in Study", New York Times, March 13, 1985, p. 1.
6.
Eileen Keendoya, "Adoption: New Frustration, New Hope", Newsweek, February 13, 1984, p. 80.
7.
Brozan, op. cit., p. 1.
8.
Joseph Berger, "Unwed Mothers Accounting for Third of New York Births", New York Times, August 13, 1984, p. 1.
9.
Cynthia Leynes, "Keep or Adopt: A Study of Factors Influencing Pregnant Adolescents' Plans for Their Babies", Child Psychiatry and Human Development 11 (Winter 1980): 105-12; Trudy Bradley Festinger , "Unwed Mothers and Their Decisions to Keep or Surrender Children", Child Welfare 50 ( May 1971):253.
10.
"America's Pregnant Children" (editorial), New York Times, March 15, 1985, p. 26.
11.
George Shah et al., "Unprotected Intercourse Among Unwed Teenagers", Family Planning Perspectives 7 ( January-February 1975):36-42.
12.
"Teenage Pregnancy: The Problem That Hasn't Gone Away", The Alan Guttmacher Institute, 1981, p. 27.
13.
"Profile: National Adoption Exchange's Registered Children", FACE Facts ( November 1984), p. 7.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Introduction xi
  • Part I 1
  • 1 - Where We Are Today: Numbers, Practices, and Policies 3
  • Notes 10
  • 2 - Recent Court Rulings 12
  • Notes 22
  • Part II 25
  • 3 - Looking Back at the Familles 27
  • Notes 32
  • 4 - The Parents' Story 33
  • Notes 56
  • 5 - The Children's Account 57
  • Notes 83
  • 6 - How the Parents' and Children's Accounts Match Up 85
  • Notes 91
  • 7 - Special Families: Problems, Disappointments, Conflicts 92
  • Notes 107
  • 8 - Ordinary Families: A Collective Portrait 108
  • Notes 118
  • Part III 119
  • 9 - Effects of Abortion, Birth Rate, and Lifestyle on Inracial and Transracial Adoptions 121
  • Notes 126
  • 10 - Single Parent Adoption: A Continuing Alternative 127
  • Notes 131
  • 11 - Intercountry Adoption 132
  • Notes 138
  • Concluding Remarks and Recommendations 140
  • Note 143
  • Selected Bibliography 145
  • Index 147
  • About the Authors 151
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