White Parents, Black Children looks at the difficult issue of race in transracial adoptions-particularly the adoption by white parents of children from different racial and ethnic groups. Despite the long history of troubled and fragile race relations in the United States, some people believe the United States may be entering a post-racial state where race no longer matters, citing evidence like the increasing number of transracial adoptions to make this point. However, White Parents, Black Children argues that racism remains a factor for many children of transracial adoptions. Black children raised in white homes are not exempt from racism, and white parents are often naive about the experiences their children encounter.
This book aims to bring to light racial issues that are often difficult for families to talk about, focusing on the racial socialization white parents provide for their transracially adopted children about what it means to be black in contemporary American society. Blending the stories of adoptees and their parents with extensive research, the authors discuss trends in transracial adoptions, challenge the concept of "colorblind" America, and offer suggestions to help adoptees develop a healthy sense of self.
Darron T. Smith is a frequent commentator on issues of race, including a New York Times post on transracial adoption and Haiti. He is assistant professor at Wichita State University and the coeditor of the book Black and Mormon. Cardell K. Jacobson is Karl G. Maeser Professor at Brigham Young University and the author or editor of several books, including Statistical Handbook on Racial Groups in the United States. Brenda G. Juarez is assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, specializing in social justice education.
Foreword by Joe R. Feagin Acknowledgments Chapter 1: Transracial Adoption: Considering Family, Home, and Love, and the Paradoxes of Race Matters Chapter 2: Contextualizng Transracial Adoption: Demographic Trends, Introducing the Families Chapter 3: Transracial Adoption, White Racial Knowledge, and the Trouble with "Love is Enough" Chapter 4: Research on Transracial Adoption: What Do We Know? Chapter 5: Cross-Cultural Race Pioneers: White Adoptive Parents Learning and Not Learning about Race Chapter 6: White Parents Teaching Black Children about Race Chapter 7: Addressing Race with Your Children: Practical Advice for White Adoptive Parents Appendix A: A Note about Our Methods and Methodology Appendix B: Transracial Adoption in the 2000 Census and the National Survey of Adoptive Paernts (2007) Notes References Index About the Authors