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Title: Transracial adoption: Questions on heritage for parents, children and counsellors
Authors: Rickard Liow, S.J. 
Issue Date: 1994
Citation: Rickard Liow, S.J. (1994). Transracial adoption: Questions on heritage for parents, children and counsellors. Counselling Psychology Quarterly 7 (4) : 375-384. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The placement of black children in white families in the US and UK once constituted the majority of transracial adoptions. This is reflected in much of the research to date, and the (sometimes negative) findings continue to influence policy and practice. More recently, in Asia and Latin America, need and demand have led to a relaxation of intercountry adoption laws. Transracial adoptions by Caucasian parents are increasing in number and type; questions about how to facilitate adjustment must be readdressed. These parents of transracially adopted children face the task of striking a balance between racial awareness and cultural integration. Most want to protect their adoptive child's sense of self using Knowledge of biological family and country of origin but, at the same time, they must settle the child into a new, sometimes alien, community. This paper provides guidelines for counselling all transracially adoptive families who are concerned about adjustment, but particular reference is made to questions on heritage raised by Caucasian parents of Asian children.
Source Title: Counselling Psychology Quarterly
ISSN: 09515070
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