TRANSRACIAL ADOPTION by Constance Pohl

TRANSRACIAL ADOPTION

Children and Parents Speak
Age Range: 12 & up

KIRKUS REVIEW

 In the 60's, whites adopted children of different races out of altruism, or simply to give a home to an available child; in the 70's, with birth control making white babies scarce, African- American social workers attacked adoptions of blacks by whites as ``cultural genocide,'' claiming with some truth that Byzantine rules and fee structures made it unduly difficult for blacks to adopt, and getting transracial adoption declared illegal in many states; the 80's saw successful challenges to such rulings; now, the burgeoning number of children in need--plus new understanding that early, permanent family connections are vital to healthy development--urges facilitation of all types of adoption. Meanwhile, despite the political debate, studies show that the racial mix is far less significant than other factors common to all adoptions--like the chance to develop a positive self-image. Here, Pohl and Harris present a lot of useful information, illuminated and exemplified by the experiences of a dozen families of various conformations, including international adoptions. Their phrasing, however, is often awkward, and their organization is poor, with frequent repetition of basic points. Still, a sensible and helpful look at a vexed and vital issue. Bibliography; glossary; source notes; index & b&w photo insert not seen. (Nonfiction. 12+)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1992
ISBN: 0-531-11134-2
Page count: 144pp
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15th, 1992




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