What should adoptive parents consider when adopting a child of a different race or ethnicity? How can we prepare to become a transracial family through adoption. In this course, we interview Rhonda Roorda, author of In Their Voices: Black Americans on Transracial Adoption, and an adult transracial adoptee.

This course covers the following topics:

  • Transracial adoption includes white parents of black, biracial, Asian, and Latinx children,  as well as adoptive parents of color adopting white children. 
  • What is wrong about taking a color-blind approach to transracial adoption? 
  • Identity formation for transracially adopted people. 
  • Transracially adopted children need tools to maneuver through life as a member of their racial group. When they are young they are protected from this reality, but this changes as they enter adolescence.
  • What is the most important thing we can do to ensure/instill racial identity and pride as Caucasian parents who adopt a Black or Asian child?
  • Tips from African Americans and adult transracial adoptees on how best to raise a transracially adopted child.
  • How to find mentors and role models of color for your transracially adopted children.
  • Why did the NABSW take the position against transracial adoption in 1972 and what is their current position?


*Your course will remain active for 180 days from purchase date.

This course aligns with the following regulatory requirements.

Hague Treaty on Intercountry Adoption*

 96.38 (b)(9)


96.48 (b)(7)
 96.48 (c)



*Important Information for agencies on Hague Training Requirements