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Transracial Adoption Challenges

Every year, American families bring home tens of thousands of children through domestic and foreign adoptions. Bringing home any new child takes adjustment. Bringing home a child of a different race adds another layer of complexity.During National Adoption Month (November) , VOA is taking a close look at the experiences of black children who are disproportionately represented in the U.S. child welfare system and are often adopted into white families. What challenges do these parents and kids encounter when forming a transracial family? What do adoptees think about immersion in homes, schools and communities with little racial diversity? Claire Morin-Gibourg of VOA’s Africa Division explores such questions in this multipart series.

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