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).
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.
How AF readers help their kids learn about their heritage
Alison Larkin's semi-autobiographical novel centers on an adoptee — raised in England, but born in America. Read the review, here.
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.
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?"
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.
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.
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.
Halmoni's Day is not an adoption book, but the ideas of shared heritage and cultural pride will ring true for adoptive families.
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.
In The Lucky Gourd Shop, an adoptive mother imagines her son's birth mother's life.
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.
Here's a practical guide to help your child connect to his language heritage.
Ethnic identity includes ancestry, but it is shaped by experience.
A book club to read about our children’s birth cultures became a support group, a forum to discuss the similar parenting issues we were facing.
A film portraying the lives of birth parents in China.
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.
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.
Here's what to consider before this summer's session begins.
Straddling two cultures, this powerhouse Hispanic-American woman takes on the world — and wins!