Navigating both/and: Exploring the complex identity of Latino/a adoptees

Stephanie Flores-Koulish*, Susan Branco Alvarado

*Corresponding author for this work

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According to the most recent US census, Hispanics are the largest minority group in the US at 16.7% of the total US population or approximately 51 million, an increase of 48% since 2000. Out of that number, 63% are native born. A smaller subgroup includes adoptees of Hispanic descent. Yet, due to its distinctiveness this subgroup is frequently neglected in multicultural literature. In this paper, a new framework is presented, which elaborates on the distinct and shared qualities of Latino/a adoptees with the New Latino/a diaspora. The framework is supported with case study vignettes, which provide implications for human development and, by extension, counseling and education.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)61-80
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Social Distress and the Homeless
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2015


  • Adoptees
  • Identity
  • Latino/as
  • Race

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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