trans·​ra·​cial (ˌ)tran(t)s-ˈrā-shəl How to pronounce transracial (audio)
: involving, encompassing, or extending across two or more races (see race entry 1 sense 1a)
transracial adoption

Examples of transracial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Reporter Char Adams dives into the ethics of transracial adoption and talks to both white adoptive parents and Black adoptees about their experiences. Elizabeth Robinson, NBC News, 26 Jan. 2024 And services like Adoptive Learning Partners offer classes to help adoptive parents prepare for everything from navigating transracial adoption to talking to your child about being adopted. Nicole Pajer,, 18 Nov. 2021 Tennessean New memoir addresses elderly care In her book, A Living Remedy, author Nicole Chung digs into profound truths about transracial adoption, but with a particularly poignant twist: The unique grief of caring for aging parents, complicated by their financial vulnerability. Ellen McGirt, Fortune, 11 Apr. 2023 This is a complex topic, but the preponderance of the research hasn’t found an especially high rate of emotional or behavioral problems among transracial adoptees. Kwame Anthony Appiah, New York Times, 22 Mar. 2023 Angela Tucker believes transracial adoption should happen only as a last resort. Larissa MacFarquhar, The New Yorker, 3 Apr. 2023 Research suggests transracial adoption is common. Grace Hauck, USA TODAY, 13 May 2022 Alexis Oberdorfer, president of Children’s Home Society of Minnesota, which provides adoption services, said the Lundquists are not the first transracial family she’s heard of moving to the metro area for more diversity. Kim Hyatt, Star Tribune, 11 Oct. 2020 London has come under fire for comments identifying as Korean and transracial, meaning identifying with a race different than one of biological ancestry. Marlene Lenthang, NBC News, 31 Aug. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1925, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of transracial was in 1925

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“Transracial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

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