How Transracial Adoptive Families Can Acknowledge and Navigate Race

April 9, 2024 11:00am - 12:00pm
$31 for NCFR student members / $52 for NCFR members & CFLEs / $94 for nonmembers & non-CFLEs

Presenter: Katie M. Hrapczynski, Ph.D., LCMFT

Katie Hrapczynski
Presenter: Katie M. Hrapczynski, Ph.D., LCMFT

Transracial adoptive families can challenge traditional expectations of familial connections, raising important questions about the intersection of race, ethnicity, and nationality. In the context of the United States—where transracial adoptive families often involve White parents raising children of different racial backgrounds—concerns about meeting the developmental needs of these children are prevalent. However, many practitioners voice concern over feeling ill-prepared to work with transracial adoptive families. To best serve transracial families, practitioners must confront their personal beliefs and biases and become well-versed in the common and unique circumstances of transracial adoptive families. By attending this webinar, practitioner competency will increase and attendees will be equipped with specific skills essential for working effectively with transracial adoptive families. 

The presenter will discuss the historical context of transracial adoptions while also exploring individual factors, family dynamics, and environmental conditions that impact the well-being of transracial adoptees and their families. Furthermore, the presenter will delve into practical strategies, offering techniques for acknowledging and navigating race within transracial adoptive families. By the end of this session, attendees will possess a nuanced understanding of the complexities inherent in transracial adoptive families and will have practical tools to enhance supporting transracial adoptive families.  

By the end, attendees will be able to: 

  • Articulate the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively support and work with transracial adoptive families;  

  • Apply strategies to confront implicit biases that may affect one’s ability to support transracial adoptive families; and 

  • Practice techniques that acknowledge and navigate race within transracial adoptive families. 

The views expressed by the webinar presenters are their own.

Approved for 1 hour of CFLE continuing education. 

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About the Presenter

Katie M. Hrapczynski, Ph.D., LCMFT is an associate professor in the Department of Family Studies and Community Development at Towson University. She received her doctoral degree in Family Science and her masters in marriage and family therapy at the University of Maryland, College Park. Dr. Hrapczynski specializes in interventions aimed at fostering individual, family, and community resilience. Her research examines the unique experiences of adoptive families and family processes that prompt adoptee and family well-being. Scholarly activities primarily center on transracial adoption, but also focus on the transition to adoptive parenthood. Dr. Hrapczynski has published several peer-reviewed articles in journals such as Family Relations and the Journal of Family Theory & Review. In addition, she has written three book chapters and presented her work at several national, international, and regional professional conferences.  

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