Professors Rowena Fong and Ruth McRoy are the editors of Transracial and Intercountry Adoptions. Cultural Guidance for Professionals, published this past January by Columbia University Press.
With essays by well-known adoption practitioners and researchers who source empirical research and practical knowledge, this volume addresses key developmental, cultural, health, and behavioral issues in the transracial and international adoption process and provides recommendations for avoiding fraud and techniques for navigating domestic and foreign adoption laws. The text details the history, policy, and service requirements relating to white, African American, Asian American, Latino and Mexican American, and Native American children and adoptive families. It addresses specific problems faced by adoptive families with children and youth from China, Russia, Ethiopia, India, Korea, and Guatemala, and offers targeted guidance on ethnic identity formation, trauma, mental health treatment, and the challenges of gay or lesbian adoptions.
Rowena Fong is the Ruby Lee Piester Centennial Professor in Services to Children and Families in the School of Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin and member of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare.
Ruth McRoy holds the Donahue and DiFelice Endowed Professorship at the Boston College School of Social Work, and is the Ruby Lee Piester Centennial Professor Emeritus in Services to Children and Families and Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus at the School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin. She is also a member of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare.