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ES Transracial Parent Survey

Transracial Parent Survey

The purpose of this survey/self-assessment is to examine the practices, trainings, and support needs provided to transracial adoptive parents received from the Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) and Child Placing Agencies (CPA). This survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete.
1. What is your race/ethnicity? (Please check all that apply)
2. What is the race/ethnicity of the adoptive child(ren)? (Please check all that apply)
3. How comfortable do you feel talking to your worker about topics related to race, culture, and ethnicity?
Very ComfortableComfortableNeutralUncomfortableVery Uncomfortable
4. How often do you speak with your worker about what is needed to effectively parent your adopted child(ren) related to their race, culture, and ethnic identity?
OftenSometimesRarelyNot at all
5. Do you think that DFCS and/or CPA's have prepared you to parent your child(ren) of a different race, culture, and ethnic background?
To a Great ExtentQuite a BitSomewhatNot Too MuchNot at All
6. Did your worker offer you an opportunity to attend any training on transracial adoption prior to accepting placement?
7. If offered, did you attend any training on transracial adoption prior to accepting placement?
8. Were you encouraged and supported by your worker to thoroughly examine your motivation before adopting a child of a different race or ethnicity?
9. Do you think that you thoroughly examined your motivation for adopting a child of a different race or ethnicity than your own?
To a Great ExtentQuite a BitSomewhatNot Too MuchNot at All
10. Were you encouraged and supported by your worker to explore the attitudes of extended family and friends towards racial and cultural differences?
11. Do you think that you explored the attitudes of extended family and friends toward racial and cultural differences, and do you feel you were prepared to have difficult conversations with them?
To a Great ExtentQuite a BitSomewhatNot Too MuchNot at All
12. Did your worker offer any insight as to any challenges that you may have to encounter with raising a child(ren) of a different race, culture, and ethnicity?
13. Have you ever adopted a child of a race different from your own?
14. To what extent are/were you familiar with the challenges of raising a child(ren) of a different race, culture, and ethnicity?
To a Great ExtentQuite a BitSomewhatNot Too MuchNot at All
15. Were you encouraged and supported by your worker to explore your own cultural background influences, the way that you think, act, and speak about issues of race, poverty, and privilege before adopting transracially?
16. Did you thoroughly explore your own cultural background influences, the way that you think, act, and speak about issues of race, poverty, and privilege?
To a Great ExtentQuite a BitSomewhatNot Too MuchNot at All
17. How often do you speak with your child(ren) regarding race, culture, and ethnic identity?
To a Great ExtentQuite a BitSomewhatNot Too MuchNot at All
18. Did your worker discuss with you the importance of maintaining cultural connections of the child?
19. To what extent have you maintained cultural contact and connections with those who represent your child(ren)’s culture, race or ethnicity?
To a Great ExtentQuite a BitSomewhatNot Too MuchNot at All
20. Do you have contact and/or opportunities to develop significant relationships with people of the same race/ethnicity of your adopted child?
To a Great ExtentQuite a BitSomewhatNot Too MuchNot at All
21. Do you live in an area where your adopted child is around people of his/her own race?
22. If not, would you be willing to relocate to a neighborhood where you adopted child is around people of his/her own race?
22. How prepared are you to place your adopted child(ren) in a multicultural school and to advocate for them to have teachers who are racially aware and skilled with children of all races?
To a Great ExtentQuite a BitSomewhatNot Too MuchNot at All
23. How committed are you to providing your adopted child(ren) with opportunities to interact with other adoptees of the same racial/ethnic background?
To a Great ExtentQuite a BitSomewhatNot Too MuchNot at All
24. Have you been offered information about cultural resources and events by DFCS and/or a CPA?
25. Do you participate in a transracial adoptive parent support group?