Transracial Adoptions

Transracial Adoptions: Practice and Policy Issues
Presented by Dr. Ruth McRoy
Transracial Adoption refers to the placement of a child of one racial or ethnic group with adoptive parents of another ethnic group.  This session will explore this practice from a historical and contemporary perspective.  Policies which impact transracial placements as well as research findings on transracial adoption outcomes will be discussed.  Specific practice strategies will be provided for preparing families and children for transracial adoptions and for helping children develop and feel more connected to their heritage and identity.

Dr. Ruth G. McRoy
In September 2009, Ruth G. McRoy became the first holder of the Donahue and DiFelice Endowed Professorship at Boston College Graduate School of Social Work.  Prior to joining the Boston College faculty, McRoy was a member of the University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work faculty for 25 years and held the Ruby Lee Piester Centennial Professorship.  She received her BA and MSW degrees from the University of Kansas and her PhD degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

As part of the federally funded AdoptUSKids project, which is operated through a cooperative agreement with the Children’s Bureau, McRoy and her research team at the  University of Texas at Austin, recently completed two nationwide studies (2002-2007) on barriers to adoption and factors associated with successful special needs adoptions. Currently, she is leading an evaluation team which is conducting a five year (2007-2012) evaluation of  AdoptUSKids.

She serves on the board of the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) and on the Board of Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of  Boston. Also, McRoy just completed her term as Board  Member and President of the  North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC) Board and is a Senior Research Fellow and  member of the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute Board.

Her recent honors include the following:   2004 Flynn Prize for Social Work Research from the University of Southern California, the 2005 George Silcott Lifetime Achievement Award from the Black Administrators in Child Welfare, the 2006 Distinguished Achievement Award from the Society for Social Work and Research and the 2006-2007 University of Texas at Austin Graduate School’s Outstanding Alumna Award.  In 2010 she was selected as a fellow in the   American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare and also was named the recipient of the St. John’s 2010 Outstanding Scholar in Adoption Award.

McRoy has authored, co-authored or co-edited over 100 journal articles and book chapters and ten books, including: Transracial and Inracial Adoptees: The Adolescent Years (with L. Zurcher), Special Needs Adoptions: Practice IssuesOpenness in Adoption: Family Connections (with H. Grotevant), Challenging Racial Disproportionality in Child Welfare (with Deborah Green, Kathleen Belanger, and Lloyd Bullard)  and Intersecting Child Welfare, Substance Abuse and Family Violence:  Culturally Competent Approaches (with R. Fong, and C. Ortiz-Hendricks).


Thank you to our sponsors! 

BC Graduate School of Social Work

Dave Thomas Foundation

UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst College of Education

UMass Amherst College of Natural Sciences

Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts

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