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A War Born FamilyAfrican American Adoption in the Wake of the Korean War$
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Kori Graves

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781479872329

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479872329.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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(p.1) Introduction
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A War Born Family
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Kori A. Graves

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479872329.003.0001

The introduction provides a brief history of the development of US domestic adoption, and African Americans’ roles in US and transnational adoption in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Since the professionalization of adoption in the United States largely evolved around the needs of birth mothers, children, and adoptive parents who were white, African Americans’ efforts to care for orphaned and displaced children through formal and informal adoptions has been underappreciated. The introduction describes the ways African Americans adopted children in the United States and, after World War II, foreign-born children of African American soldiers. This approach provides a foundation for understanding how African Americans’ participation in Korean transnational adoption was similar to their domestic adoption efforts and their efforts to adopt World War II GI children. It also suggests reasons why efforts to increase the professionalization and standardization of Korean transnational adoption reduced African Americans’ participation in this method of adoptive family formation.

Keywords:   US domestic adoption, Korean transnational adoption, World War II, GI children

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