Culture & Heritage

Children may be making assumptions about culture in your child's classroom

Responding to Assumptions About Culture

Children at my daughter's school assume she speaks Spanish, even though she was raised in an English-speaking family. What can we do?

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Culture and Heritage

“Embracing Our Daughter’s Culture…at Dinner”

When we adopted our daughter from China, our appetites were insatiable. It started a family tradition of celebrating culture and heritage at dinner time.

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Support your child's ethnic heritage

When Children Deny Their Heritage

A strong connection to role models and to others who share their ethnic background is as important now as ever.

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Cover of Digging to America

Digging to America, Chapter 1: The Night the Girls Arrived

AF is pleased to excerpt the first chapter of Digging to America — our top pick for summer reading.

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A family at a theme park for their summer adoption plans

Countdown to Summer

With vacation time approaching, many of us are wondering how we can use the time to celebrate adoption. What are your family's plans?

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Parents and child planning a heritage trip

Back to the Land: Planning a Rewarding Heritage Trip

Sometimes adopted children need to go back to their birthplaces to learn more about themselves.

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An old photo of a family after their Cambodian adoption

“A Boy Like Him”

From the moment we met 27 years ago, our son knew exactly what he wanted: a family. He staked his claim on our hearts as only he could.

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One father's fears about attachment.

“Reaching Out for Her Dad”

I had expected to form an attachment slowly, but I was instantly smitten with my daughter. She was the one who came around in her own time.

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Emilio and Claudia on his birth country trip

“I Have Two Countries”

Emilio returned to Bolivia to meet his new sister — and gained a renewed connection to his birth country.

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One Mom reads to learn about her children's culture and heritage.

“Becoming Mom, One Page at a Time”

I found my own way to connect with my children’s cultures—by getting lost in a few good books.

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How one boy found ways of celebrating heritage.

“Celebrating Heritage in The Wax Museum”

Breaking out of racial boundaries to create a new vision of the world and its past.

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How to celebrate adoptee heritage as kids grow.

Age-by-Age Ways to Celebrate Birth Culture

An age-by-age guide to cultural activities that help our children take pride in their identity.

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A family on a homeland tour..

“A Homeland Trip with My Teens”

I planned our homeland trip, hoping to see my children's birthplaces. Surprisingly, those proved elusive, but we found meaning at every turn.

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