The Children's Account
We interviewed 218 out of the 394 children in 96 families. Almost all of those whom we did not interview were older children who were no longer living in the parental home.1 Fourteen children in 6 families were not interviewed because the parents objected, and 1 child was not interviewed because she did not want to participate.Those 6 families are described separately in Chapter 7. Among the 90 families in which at least 1 child was interviewed, 56 had one transracial adoptee at home, 23 families had two, 5 families had three, and 6 families had no TRAs at home.
Of the 218 children interviewed, 111 were transracially adopted, 91 were born to the families, and 16 were adopted but are white. Among the TRAs, 89 of the 111 are "black"2 The breakdown by sex and age is shown below.
The TRAs are most likely to be the youngest children still at home, 81 percent of them compared to 17 and 1 percent of the children born into the family and the white adoptees, respectively.
All but 4 of the TRAs were still in school at the time of the study; 15 of the children born to the families and 4 of the other adoptees were no longer in school. Table 5.1 shows the breakdown by years, of those in school.
Among the children at the precollege level, 83 percent of the TRAs, 82 percent of those born into the family, and 80 percent of the white adoptees were attending public institutions. At the college level as well, most of the children were attending public universities, with no differences by adopted status.