ISSUES – Transracial Adoption


ISSUES – Transracial Adoption



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One family, two worlds
by Courtenay Edelhart (The Indianapolis Star) (December 6, 2004)

Adopting mixed race children a growing trend
by Roberto Santiago (Miami Herald) (December 6, 2004)

The Repatriation Process
by Sandra Kakeeway (The First Perspective) (December 1, 2004)

Adoptive parents want to know if you have any questions
by Betty Cuniberti (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)… (November 21, 2004)

Importing love: Local family experiences the world of international adoption
by Alli Vail (The Whistler Question) (November 15, 2004)

Trend of Foreign Whites Adopting Black U.S. Kids
by Tavis Smiley (NPR: Tavis Smiley Show) (November 4, 2004)

Children Victimized By System Secrecy
by Wendy McElroy (The Multiracial Activist) (February/March 2004)

Thicker than water
by Ellen Tomson (Pioneer Press)
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Eagan man, adopted as a child, finds he’s a Nigerian prince
(Star Tribune) (March 9, 2003)

Strangers and Kin: The American Way of Adoption
(Slate) (January 31, 2003)

Adoption both rewarding and challenging
by Jessica Fischer (Kingsport Times-News) (November 20, 2002)

What is a family?
by Sean Vernon (Daily Hampshire Gazette) (October 16, 2002)

Adoption, Hapas, and Asian American Heritage
by Stewart David Ikeda (EurasianNation) (September 2002)

Racial pricing difference renews adoption debate
by Mary Mitchell (Chicago Sun-Times) (July 2, 2002)

Born white, raised black
by Elizabeth Leland (Charlotte Observer) (June 30, 2002)

ABC show offends parents of adopted children
(CNN/Associated Press) (June 18, 2002)

The colors of love – Adoptive parents who cross racial lines start by opening their hearts.
by Don Bosley (The Sacramento Bee) (June 9, 2002)

Race in adoption settlement OK’d
by Kimball Perry (The Cincinnati Post) (May 29, 2002)

The adoption process: first paperwork, then spring rolls
by Lyssa Friedman (Christian Science Monitor) (April 24, 2002)

Race won’t be factor in adoptions
(Dayton Daily News/Associated Press) (March 15, 2002)

‘Buying and Selling’ Preacher Calls Adoption Fees Discriminatory
by Dean Schabner
( (March 12, 2002)

Reverend criticizes adoption fees based on race
by Mike Lindblom (The Seattle Times) (March 1, 2002)

The Ethics of Transracial Adoption
by Kimberly Cooper-Plaszewski (INTERRACIAL VOICE) (March/April 2002)

Outside Looking In: Transracial Adoption in America

Family finds biracial adoption a blessing
by Allen Howard (The Cincinnati Enquirer) (December 4, 2001)

Saturday’s child
(The Seattle Times) (December 1, 2001)

Identity Crisis
by Theresa Pinto Sherer (Salon) (November 29, 2001)

Foster-care head adopts from overseas
by Bonnie de la Cruz (The Tennessean) (November 21, 2001)

Tribe faults DHS placement of kids in non-Indian homes
by Paul Carrier (Portland Press Herald) (November 6, 2001)

Adoption brings struggles for some gay parents
(Milwaukee Journal Sentinel) (November 4, 2001)

It’s About The Children, Stupid!
by James A. Landrith, Jr. ( (June 4, 2001)

At Hale House, Broken Bonds and Pain for a Little Girl Lost
by Nina Bernstein (The New York Times) (May 13, 2001)

‘Can you walk away?’ – Moment in Time profiles Montreal globe-trotter devoted to protecting children
by Peggy Curran (The Montreal Gazette) (April 25, 2001)

The ‘Lost Boys’ of Sudan Find a Home
by Mary Ann Zehr (Education Week) (March 21, 2001)

Juggling Act – Director and star Chi Muoi Lo tries to do too much in ‘Catfish in Black Bean Sauce’
by Jim Aquino (Metro) (March 8-14, 2001)

The Adoption Maze: The supply of babies is severely limited,and the Market unregulated. But savvy couples manage to succeed despite high costs, bureaucratic roadblocks, and outright scams
by Kim Clark and Nancy Shute (U.S. News and World Report) (March 12, 2001)

Shaker family among the many with global roots
by Roxanne Washington (Cleveland Plain Dealer) (February 28, 2001)

International adoption changes family’s culture, race
by Janie Har (The Oregonian) (February 19, 2001)

Role of Race in Adoption is Debated
by Jamal E. Watson (The Boston Globe) (February 4, 2001)

Legal battle over Internet twins
(CNN/Reuters) (January 17, 2001)

Jewish With a Korean Face
by Adam Rosen (Jinn Magazine) (December 21, 2000)

A wider circle of family
by Cathryn J. Prince (Christian Science Monitor) (November 22, 2000)

A new home, a new land
(Arkansas Democrat-Gazette) (November 15, 2000)

Lifeline: Christian adoption agency offers haven to infants, mothers
by Greg Garrison (The Birmingham News) (October 20, 2000)

More African-Americans Reach Out To Adopt
by Scott Baldauf (The Christian Science Monitor) (October 12, 2000)

Chicago’s Top Adoption Support Organizations Unite to Host First Midwestern Regional Conference
(Business Wire) (September 20, 2000)

‘Waiting for too long’
by Karina Bland (The Arizona Republic) (September 18, 2000)

Ruling lets Vancouver guardians keep teen
by Nathan Isaacs (The Oregonian) (September 16, 2000)

Adoptees honor the life, legacy of ‘Grandma’ Holt
by Alice Tallmadge (The Oregonian) (August 4, 2000)

‘Grandma’ Holt dies
by Alice Tallmadge (The Oregonian) (August 1, 2000)

Debate continues on pros and cons as transracial adoptions increase
(Akron Beacon Journal/Associated Press) (July 24, 2000)

Despite Law, Interracial Adoption Is Still Volatile
(Los Angeles Times) (July 3, 2000)

For Orphans of the Forgotten War, the Past Is Shrouded in Questions
by Bettijane Levine (Los Angeles Times) (June 21, 2000)

Mother in the Middle
by Sharon Bertstein (Los Angeles Times) (May 14, 2000)

Dismissal of adoption bias suit is sought
(Associated Press/The Columbus Dispatch) (May 7, 2000)

Editorial: a balanced adoption policy
(The Cincinnati Post) (April 28, 2000)

Intolerance takes a hit
by Tony Norman (The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) (April 21, 2000)

A Mother Lode of Love
by Michael Leahy (The Washington Post) (April 21, 2000)

Police look for woman accused of harassment
by Cindi Lash (The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) (April 11, 2000)

War Orphans Mark Vietnam Escape
by Tini Tran (Associated Press) (April 9, 2000)

County suit: Let race affect adoption
by Kimball Perry (The Cincinnati Post) (March 1, 2000)

Battling Bias in Multicultural Philadelphia
by Pamela Rohland ( (February 14, 2000)

From China with love: Kids join new families
by Dave Newbart (Chicago Sun-Times) (January 9, 2000)

Book Review: “The Great Arizona Orphan Abduction”
by Debra Dickerson (Salon Magazine) (December 13, 1999)

A Church of the Rainbow
by Jason Ukman (The Oregonian) (November 18, 1999)

Board buddies bond beyond AOL
by Dottie Enrico (USA Today) (November 17, 1999)

It’s About The Children, Stupid!
by James A. Landrith, Jr. (The Multiracial Activist) (November 1, 1999)

Bias lawsuit against DYFS workers to proceed
by Ralph Siegel (Associated Press/The Bergen Record) (September 23, 1999)

Letter to The President of the United States
by Steven A. White (A Place For Us/National) (July 13, 1999)

Adoption: Biracial adoptees rise above challenges of societal attitudes
by Bob Reeves (Lincoln Journal Star) (April 23, 1999)

Adoption: Today, birth mother feels she made the right choice
(Lincoln Journal Star) (April 23, 1999)

Fight over mixed-race adoption
by Stacy A. Teicher (Christian Science Monitor) (April 14, 1999)

Yosemite Victims Remembered
by Mary Curtius (The Los Angeles Times) (April 12, 1999)

Judge rules in favor of white couple in adoption case
(Associated Press) (December 8, 1998)

New Families Redraw Racial Boundaries
by Tamar Lewin (The New York Times) (October 23, 1998)

Bringing home love
by Greg Nikkel (Weyburn Review) (July 8, 1998)

Transracial Adoptin
(Family Law – Drake University) (Spring 1998)

Judge agrees with mom and girl that race shouldn’t break their family apart
by Jack Kresnak (Detroit Free Press) (April 17, 1998)

Love Should Be Color Blind
by Randall Kennedy (Intellectual Capital) (February 5, 1998)

Letters: Race is not a primary factor in a child’s adoption
(The Detroit News) (February 4, 1998)

Couple’s lawsuit stirs controversy over merits of mixed-race adoption
by David Josar (The Detroit News) (January 20, 1998)

Interracial adoption: One couple’s story – Part Two
by Carol Lloyd and Hank Pellissier (Salon) (August 5, 1997)

Interracial adoption: One couple’s story – Part One
by Carol Lloyd and Hank Pellissier (Salon) (August 4, 1997)

Texas conflict reflects debate on adoption among races
by Sue Ann Pressley (The Detroit News) (January 5, 1997)

Pretending to Love
by Barrie Maguire

*501 A Hand To Rock The Cradle: Transracial Adoption, The Multiethnic Placement Act, and a Proposal For the Arkansas General Assembly
by Chip Chiles (Arkansas Law Review and Bar Association)
http://lawreview.uark.exu/Online_Edition/articles96_97/articletexts/chilestxt.html (1996)

After Adopting a Biracial Child
by Mitch Pearlstein (Star Tribune) (December 8, 1996)

Talk of the Nation: Transracial Adoption
(National Public Radio) (December 5, 1996)

Thinking and Teaching About Transracial Adoption
by Twila L. Perry (American Bar Association – FOCUS) (Fall 1996)

Transracial Adoption: A Community Conversation
by Gail Leftwich (American Bar Association – FOCUS) (Fall 1996)

Transracial Adoption Survey
(Metro Chicago Information Center) (September 4, 1996)

Who Will Love the Children?
by Rick Finley
(The Written Word) (October 25, 1995)

The Welfare State Denies Homes To Thousands of Foster Children
by Conna Craig
(The Heritage Foundation’s Policy Review) (Summer 1995)

African American Leadership Group Condemns Racist Adoption Practices
(Project 21 News) (March 1995)

Orphans of Separation: The Painful Politics of Transracial Adoption
by Randall Kennedy (The New Prospect) (Spring 1994)

Transracial Adoptions: A Case of Colorblind Love or Cultural Genocide
by Felicia Law (Berkeley McNair Journal) (Summer 1993)

Fresh Air: Interview with Harvard Law professor ELIZABETH BARTHOLET
(National Public Radio) (May 19, 1993)

Knocking Down the Barriers to Adoption
by Representative Dave Camp (The American Sound)

Transracial Adoption Study
by Amanda Baden

Interracial Adoption: Is It the Logical Choice?
by Terra Pierre

Fostering a Positive Racial Identity in our Transracially-Adopted Children
by Todd Chas
(Cafe Progressive)

Transracial Adoptive Parenting: A Black White Community Issue
by Leora Neal and Al Stumph (Association of Black Social Workers)

Transracial and International Adoptions
by Shea Grimm (Adoptee’s Right to Know)

The Controversy on Transracial Adoption
by Genee Swift



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