The material in this volume provides three types of information. The first part describes the history, prevalance, and types of transracial adoption in the United States. The beginnings of transracial adoption are traced to the end of World War II and the presence of thousands of homeless children in Europe and Asia. Statistics show transracial adoption on a large scale did not get under way until the mid-1960 s, when it was accompanied by major changes in social work and adoption agency policy concerning appropriate criteria for determining which children should be made available to which types of parents.
Indeed, it was not until social workers and adoption agency personnel were able to set aside their convictions about the importance of "matching" potential parents and children that transracial adoption could develop on a large scale. So long as adoption agencies held to the policy that blond, blue-eyed, white-skinned children could be adopted only by parents of . . .