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Abstract

The United States (U.S.) adopts more international children than any other country (Kreider & Cohen, 2009). Because international adoption is so popular among U.S. citizens, school counselors will more than likely interact with at least one internationally adopted student throughout their professional practice. However, there is limited research on school counselors' perceptions about this population. Greater understanding of school counselors ' perceptions is needed so that they may support these children's academic, personal/social, and career development. The purpose of this study was to determine American school counselors ' perceptions of internationally adopted children. Ninety-two American K-12 school counselors participated in an online survey, and results were gathered during the spring semester of2011. 3 The findings revealed that the majority of school counselors believed raising children outside of their native country was appropriate and that international adoption was a positive situation for a child. The majority were also open to trans-racial international adoptions and adopting children of all ages. Additionally, most school counselors from this study were either undecided or disagreed that internationally adopted children had more physical, academic achievement, language, behavior, or socio-emotional problems than non-adopted or domestically adopted children. In general, American school counselors ' perceptions of internationally adopted children were positive.

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