ERIC Number: ED110188
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: N/A
Transracial Adoption Today: Views of Adoptive Parents and Social Workers.
Grow, Lucille J.; Shapiro, Deborah
The purpose of this study was to examine the interaction of 38 pairs of white adoptive parents of black children and their social agencies, from the viewpoint of the parents and agency workers. A secondary study compared the characteristics of more recent transracial adopters with those of 125 families who had adopted transracially in the past. Results of questionnaires given to the 38 families and their social workers showed that families were generally well satisfied with their agency experiences. Discrepancies between reports of social workers and parents suggested that communication barriers existed and that many of the social workers had a somewhat limited understanding of the adoptive parents. The two sets of parents (present group and past group) were found to be fairly similar in terms of attitudes about transracial adoption and child rearing. Information obtained from interviews between social workers and parents is presented in addition to data on the demographic and social characteristics, motivation for adoption, and attitudes on racial issues of the adoptive families. A total of 155 adoption workers responded to an attitude questionnaire focusing on transracial adoption and related issues. In general, respondents agreed that transracial adoption was an acceptable practice and a better alternative for black children than indeterminate long-term foster care. (BT)
Descriptors: Adoption, Agency Role, Child Rearing, Demography, Interviews, Parent Attitudes, Parent Counseling, Racial Attitudes, Racial Factors, Racial Relations, Social Agencies, Social Workers
Child Welfare League of America, Inc., Research Center, 67 Irving Place, New York, New York 10003 (Paper, Publication A-38, $3.95 plus $0.40 postage and handling)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Children's Bureau (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Child Welfare League of America, Inc., New York, NY.