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Masters Thesis


School for Social Work


Interracial adoption, Interracial adoption-Psychological, Adoptees-Attitudes, African Americans-Attitudes, Adoptees-Psychology, Racism-United States, African Americans-Race identity, Transracial adoptions, African American perspectives


This study was undertaken to determine if what the National Association of Black Social Workers states; that African American children raised by Caucasian adults are at risk for being outcast by the African American community. The NABSW believes that transracial adoptees are not able to develop a healthy sense of self when raised by Caucasians. For this study I interviewed 8 participants who identify as African American who were between the ages of 18-47. The participants were asked a series of questions in regards to their development and how they have fared being raised by Caucasian parents. Most of the participants were raised in communities where there were other people of color although a few were raised in rural predominately white areas. The findings of the research in this study showed that transracial adoptees do experience difficulties but the difficulties were not related to being raised by Caucasian parents but were more related to basic adolescent developmental issues that most children experience and difficulties with society having to do with race but not usually in relation to their parents.




iii, 52 p. Thesis (M.S.W.)--Smith College School for Social Work, Northampton, Mass., 2009. Includes bibliographical references (p. 45-46)