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.

Ethiopian Heritage

“Honoring My Ethiopian Daughters’ Heritage”

“Honoring My Ethiopian Daughters’ Heritage”

My daughters have caramel brown skin, dark brown eyes, and tightly curled black hair. They are African by birth, American by citizenship, but have always self-identified as Habesha (the Amharic word for Ethiopian).

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[Book Review] The English American

Alison Larkin's semi-autobiographical novel centers on an adoptee — raised in England, but born in America. Read the review, here.

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Celebrating Diversity: Great Reads Featuring Multiracial Families

Children's books featuring kids and adults of diverse backgrounds and ethnicity serve two purposes: They show kids that families "come in all sizes and colors," and they are self-affirming for children of multiracial families. Here are some of our favorites, age by age.

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Wanting a Daughter, Needing a Son Book Review

[Book Review] Wanting a Daughter, Needing a Son

The questions that linger in the mind of most any adopted child are "Why?" "Why couldn't they keep me?" "Why did I have to leave the place where I was born?"

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Adoption Lifebook: A Bridge to Your Child's Beginnings

[Book Review] Adoption Lifebook: A Bridge To Your Child’s Beginnings

In this essential addition to the literature on adoption lifebooks, Cindy Probst provides a structured, child-centered approach to the task of writing down what happened in the earliest days of a child's life.

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Mommy Far, Mommy Near

[Book Review] Mommy Far, Mommy Near

Mommy Far, Mommy Near-An Adoption Story, by Carol Antoinette Peacock, is exceptional. I really loved the fact that the story is told by a child to other children-the book's readers.

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[Book Review] Ten Thousand Sorrows

A Koren adoptee reviews Ten Thousand Sorrows. The memoir was written by a women of similar age and circumstances, but she didn't feel the connection to the book she expected.

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[Book Review] The Lost Daughters of China

The Lost Daughters of China, by Karin Evans, is an eloquent account of an individual's journey to adoptive parenthood amidst the "search for a missing past" many Chinese adoptees encounter.

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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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“Right At Home”

Heritage trips help children discover their past — and influence who they become. Here, one adoptee describes his journey back to his birth country of Colombia.

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Anna's family helped her though her birth mother reunion

“A Last-Minute Birth Mother Reunion”

Heritage trips help children discover their past — and influence who they become. Here, one family describes their journey back to their child's birth country of Korea.

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