Degree Type

Honors Capstone Project

Date of Submission

Spring 5-1-2005

Capstone Advisor

Diane S. Young, Ph.D

Honors Reader

Karen E. Kirkhart, Ph.D

Capstone Major

School of Social Work

Capstone College

Sport and Human Dynamics

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Capstone Prize Winner


Won Capstone Funding


Honors Categories

Social Sciences

Subject Categories

Public Affairs | Public Policy | Social Work


The number of children in foster care continues to grow. Unfortunately this increase in children is far greater than the number of foster families available. Children are being placed in homes in which the race of the foster parent is different from that of the foster child. Legislative policies have also been enacted to eliminate discrimination in foster care placement. This study is designed to explore the impact of transracial foster care on adolescent children’s racial identity and self-esteem. Three children ages 11-17, who were placed in transracial and same-race foster homes, were interviewed in order to explore whether children in transracial foster care have a racial identity and self-esteem comparable to children in same-race foster care placements. Due to the small sample size, the findings are limited. In this study I also discuss the implications for future research and social work practice.

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