Culture & Heritage

Melissa and Maya Ludtke at the Xiaxi market in 2004, the trip that inspired Touching Home in China

Two Adoptees on Going “Home” to China, Again

Two Adoptees on Going “Home” to China, Again

After a birth country visit to China that was too much, too soon for my seven-year-old daughter, she and a friend returned on their own terms as teens. The trip helped them imagine what their lives might have been and explore their Chinese-American identities.

A family with African American children

“Teaching My Children That Black Is Beautiful”

I tell my African-American children that they are smart and beautiful because I know that the world may tell them otherwise.

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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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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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One adoptive mother describes her multicultural family's holiday traditions.

“Our Multicultural Thanksgiving Celebration”

When this big, multicultural family gets together for Thanksgiving, the table is laden with more than turkey and gravy.

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A child with a globe, representing a homeland trip

6 Questions to Ponder Before Making a Homeland Trip

More and more families are finding that "going back," whether to San Antonio or San Salvador, gives their children a foundation for building identity.

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orphanage visit

“Visiting Our Daughter’s Orphanage”

One of the cold realities of adopting an older child from China is that she comes with a lot of questions, many of which you can’t answer.

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Hooray for Heritage!

How do you honor your child's origins? Readers share what they've done, from summer culture camps or taking homeland (or home state) trips, to everyday ways to reinforce ethnic pride.

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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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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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