Transracial Adoption: A Family’s Experience and Advice to Those Considering Adopting Transracially

As with any kind of adoption, transracial adoption comes with its own set of difficulties and challenges.

Denalee Chapman November 26, 2014

A mother and son share their experience of transracial adoption. Although to Judy, race was never an issue–whether in considering who to adopt or in raising her son–to Aaron, at times in his life, being a different race than his parents was an issue.

Adoptive Families, a national adoption magazine, offers advice and information for those who have adopted or are considering transracial adoption. In their magazine are resources on parenting children of specific races. The resources include language, hair care, stereotypes, recipes, and more.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services also offers information about transracial adoption. They address what steps to take when preparing for a transracial adoption as well as advice for creating a healthy, stable transracial home once the adoption takes place.

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Denalee Chapman

Denalee is an adoptive mother, a motivational speaker, a writer, and a lover of life. She and her husband have adventured through the hills and valleys of life to find that the highest highs and the lowest lows are equally fulfilling. Book Denalee to speak to your group, or find Denalee's writings, including her books on her website at

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