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“Transracial” as It Relates to Adoption

on August 11, 2015
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It seems that we have reached another time in our nation’s history where race and heightened tensions are at the top of headlines and conversations.  As I write that introductory sentence, I find myself saddened that it takes violent events and injustices to make the ongoing racial tensions that we experience in our country to remind those of us who have benefited from White Privilege that racism and marginalization of individuals of color continues to go on.  For them, they are all too aware of it every day; for me, it is easy to continue on with my life without it affecting my daily routine.

Almost nonchalantly thrown in amongst media reports of Baltimore riots, Caitlyn Jenner’s transgender identity, and the controversy surrounding Rachel Dolezal’s NAACP resignation in Spokane, Washington, was the term “transracial” that many used.  The term was used to refer to Dolezal’s racial identity as black while being born white.

Except that transracial has a very sacred definition to members of the adoption community, particularly to those who are part of a transracial adoption.  In “An Open Letter: Why Co-opting ‘Transracial’ in the Case of Rachel Dolezal is Problematic,” the collective group of authors writes:

Transracial is a term that has long since been defined as the adoption of a child that is of a different race than the adoptive parents. The term most often refers to children of color adopted by white families in the Global North, and has been extensively examined and documented for more than 50 years by academics and members of the adoption triad: adoptees, birthparents, and adoptive parents.

Part of our intent when creating this blog at the beginning of our adoption process was not just to update others on where we are in the process.  It was also to provide a place to give others a chance to become more enlightened and educated about the world of adoption.  This is a perfect time to introduce the concept of the word, “transracial” to those that might not be aware of its definition.

If you are looking for a great starter list of children’s books that features transracial adoption, this mom (who also happens to be a mom by transracial adoption) has just added a list to her blog that is a great start!  Check it out!

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