“We have always tried to make sure our internationally adopted son feels proud of his heritage. This year, when the class was writing about Thanksgiving, he asked if he could skip the assignment because people from his birth country do not celebrate Thanksgiving. I know I need to talk to him, but I’m not sure where to start.”
Honoring Your Child's Birth Culture
Children adopted from another country or another culture within the U.S. need to understand and feel a connection to their heritage. Adoption experts and adoptive parents share advice and stories about honoring a child’s birth culture.
"My child is approaching an age where I am thinking about sending her to culture camp. Is this something I should pursue or not?" Our panel of adult adoptees responds.
"You belong to two heritages-Jewish and Latin American-and at this special time in your life, when many Jewish families travel to the Mideast, we're heading south." More than a few heads turned when I announced this in my speech to my thirteen-year-old daughter, Amanda, on the occasion of her bat mitzvah.
As the parents of four black children, we drop a small fortune on lotion and products and build time into our schedule to style their hair, all the while questioning whether we know what we’re doing. A recent conversation offered some much-needed reassurance.
Your guide to identifying medical problems common to internationally adopted children.
When you form a transracial family, you must build in a system to combat racism.
Traveling to our daughters' birth country allowed us to bond, both with their ethnic heritage and our fellow travelers.
When it came to locating our daughter's birth mother in Guatemala, we didn't know where to begin. But we knew that we had to try.
"Make the trip, you won't be sorry." Our journey to our son's birth country—and to visit his foster mother—was an exhilarating experience.
This story of a teen adopted from Latin America tackles questions of identity, race, birth culture, and more.
Many symbols commonly found on children’s clothing connote racist stereotypes of black people. Knowing this, should transracial adoptive parents still dress their black children in onesies and shirts featuring monkeys, zebras, and watermelons?
I can't imagine sending my children to an experience this profound without being with them.
Sometimes school brings tough situations, like teasing, tricky assignments, and nosy questions. When should kids handle things on their own, and when should a parent step in?
Great heritage ideas that dont require plane ticketsor even a full tank of gas.
I didn't travel to meet my new daughter. But nothing could stop me from becoming Maura's mommy.
Even after twenty years, adoptive families are still grappling with some of the same issues and questions about raising their children in an interracial family.
Yuka didnt teach us Chinese language, traditions, or cooking. What she did provide, however, was an excellent role model.
One foster-turned-adoptive-mother shares how cooking brings her family together.
More than a decade ago, I was hopefully working my way toward an adoption from China. After a tragedy derailed my plans, I wound my way to family in an entirely different way.
Most are designed for families. Other camps are just for kids, such as Holt Adoptee Camp (right), a sleep-away experience for children ages nine to 16.