Talking About Race and Honoring Birth Culture in Transracial Adoption


When your child joins your family through transracial adoption, you must find ways to talk about racism, instill a positive racial identity, and honor her birth culture.

author Rebekah Hutson, a transracial adoptee, with her mother, sister, and niece

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