For over thirty years, Rita J. Simon and Howard Altstein have been studying transracial and intercountry adoptions. The families they have studied include white parents; African American, Hispanic, and Korean children; and Jewish Stars of David families, among others. This book summarizes their findings and compares them with other studies. It is an invaluable source of data on the number and frequency of transracial and intercountry adoptions and on the attitudes toward them.
Rita J. Simon is University Professor at American University. Howard Altstein is professor of social work at the University of Maryland.
Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 1 The History and Frequency of Transracial and Intercountry Adoptions Chapter 3 2 The Legal Perspective on Transracial and Intercountry Adoptions Chapter 4 3 The Case against Transracial Adoption Chapter 5 4 Results of Empirical Studies on Transracial Adoptions Chapter 6 5 Results of Empirical Studies on Intercountry Adoptions Chapter 7 6 A Comparison of the Experiences of Adult Korean and Black Transracial Adoptees Chapter 8 7 The Experiences of Stars of David Families: 1987 and 1997 Chapter 9 8 Concluding Remarks and Policy Recommendations Chapter 10 Index Chapter 11 About the Authors