Date

6-2011

Degree Name

BS in Social Sciences

Department

Social Sciences Department

Advisor(s)

Christopher Bickle

Abstract

This research paper looks at the different types of child adoption, in particular to transracial adoption. There is an emphasis in the role of race in transracial adoption and how transracial adoption can benefit and/or affect the children who are part of it. There has been a long fought debate regarding transracial adoption. Those who favor transracial adoption state that the children are receiving a home that they would otherwise not get. On the contrary, those who oppose transracial adoption state that the children are deprived from their heritage. However, the main thing that should be taken into account is the best interest of the children. Thousands of children are adopted and of those many are adopted transracially each year on the basis of love. However, love is not enough in transracial adoption. Studies have shown that the children’s heritages need to be taken into account and changes in lifestyle need to be made to accommodate the children.