Culture & Heritage

Instilling pride in her Latino heritage is important for adopted Latino children

“Rooting Our Children in Our Latino Heritage”

As Latino parents, we know firsthand the discrimination our children will face.

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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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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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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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Multiculturalism can be promoted through food

“A Table Laden with Meaning”

While a meal might seem trivial at one level, it may also be filled with lessons about identity, culture, and family.

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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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Culture camp isn't the only way to teach your child about her birth culture

Building Identity: “Who Can I Be?”

From workshops and playshops to heritage travel and adoptee camps — there are tons of way to teach your kid about their culture!

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A family on a homeland journey

Is Your Family Ready for a Homeland Journey?

Heritage trips help children discover their past-and inspire who they'll become. Help your child prepare for the journey with these expert-tested tips.

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