Research by Gina Samuels, an associate professor in the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago, has focused on identity development among transracial adoptees.The article reports that about 40% of adoptions in America are transracial; among children from other countries adopted by American parents, 84% are transracial or transethnic.
Samuels, a multiracial adoptee who has worked in child welfare, has found that the goal of being "colorblind" that white parents often espouse may not be the best approach for white parents to take with their kids of other races.
"Colorblindness actually creates discordance," she says, because parents set their child up to believe that race doesn't matter — until the kids find that often race is an issue in the real world and they haven't been prepared for it.
Her study of multiracial adoptees, "Being raised by white people: Navigating racial difference among multiracial adopted adults," was published in 2009 in the Journal of Family and Marriage. She found that "colorblind" parenting may actually be more harmful than helpful to kids.
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