Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Adoptive parents' experiences and perceptions when adopting across ethnic and racial lines
by Wills, Rebekah D., M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2009, 65; 1472255
Abstract (Summary)

This qualitative study explored 15 private, domestic adoption parents experiences when adopting across ethic and racial lines. A self-designed interview guide was used to collect relevant data from individual interviews that were later analyzed for content and coded into themes and patterns. The experiences and perceptions when adopting across racial lines were overwhelmingly positive. The participants were very happy with their choice to adopt transracially. Furthermore, the participants had positive experiences with society and had no regrets about their decision to adopt transracially. The participants did not appear to have any immediate needs, but did give recommendations for future families who adopt transracially. In all, the transracial adoptions by these 15 participants were a success and all responses indicated a strong family unit.

The findings of this study can be used to enhance a social workers knowledge on transracial adoption. There are many areas of employment where social workers can encounter clients from transracially adoptive families. These include a school setting, hospital setting, or counseling setting. The findings of this study can be used as a baseline for understanding when assisting these clients with their needs.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Lopez, Rebecca
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 48/02M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social work, Individual & family studies, Ethnic studies
Publication Number: 1472255
ISBN: 978-1-109-47494-7
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