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Domestic Options

A heritage trip doesn't have to take you around the world. Consider these domestic options instead. Read expert-tested tips for making your heritage trip a success at adoptivefamilies.com/articles.php?aid=1447.



If you adopted domestically or are not able to go on an international trip, consider taking a heritage trip to a destination in the U.S. Particularly if your ethnicity differs from your child’s, make an effort to spend time in a place where your child can experience her birth culture firsthand.

Leslie Kizner, who lives in Long Island, New York, took her Mexican-American daughter on a trip to her birthplace, San Antonio, Texas. They visited the Alamo and other tourist attractions, and browsed the Mexican market, sampling delights such as tortilla soup. Kizner and her daughter also visited their adoption agency.

“My goal was for my daughter to soak up some of the Mexican-American culture of San Antonio,” Kizner says. “She came home with a new sense of peace within her.”

Cities across the U.S. and Canada provide similar havens. Your family can take part in the National Ukrainian Festival in Dauphin, Manitoba, Canada. Make a trip to Korea-town in Los Angeles, explore Chicago’s Little India, or visit Brighton Beach, New York—one of the largest Russian communities outside Moscow. Or take a trip to Harlem, New York, which has been a center of African-American culture for more than a century.

Colleen Corley is the assistant editor of Adopted Families magazine.

Read about Leslie Kizner's domestic heritage trip at adoptivefamilies.com/articles.php?aid=1406.

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