Racial Identity

Our expert explains why it's important to start talking about racism and race with your adopted child.

Talking About Race and Racism

Talking About Race and Racism

Racism exists, and it’s our job as parents to talk about it with our kids. Here’s an age-by-age guide to handling those conversations.

Racial stereotypes are everywhere, especially for transracial families

“Is My Asian Son a Whiz Kid?”

When my son was five months old, friends predicted he would be a good student — probably a mathematician.

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Talking to children about race from an early age is important

“Bigotry, Blindness, and Basketball”

What started off as a fun day on the courts left my heart hurting for my two brown boys, and the kids who excluded them.

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In this personal essay, one mom discusses the challenges of transracial parenting.

“Having ‘the Talk’ with My Black Son”

Explaining racism to our child is part of our jobs as parents through transracial adoption, but it's not easy to teach your child that some people may fear him because of the color of his skin.

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Introducing racism to your child should be done early.

First Conversations with Kids About Race

Bringing up race and racism to your kid can be tough — but it should be done sooner rather than later.

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Ballerinas can have black natural hair, too.

“Cornrows Fit for a Ballerina!”

A simple hairstyle was not so simple for a dance class full of little girls with beautiful heads of black hair.

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Adoption expert Lois Melina on talking with adopted children about unknown birth family information

The Other Side of Privilege

If we're white, we experience many benefits of unearned status because we're "the norm." But adoptive families are not considered the norm. Now what?

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A black adoptee raised by white adoptive parents

“On Becoming African American”

Raised in a white community, I've just begun to embrace my heritage.

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A parent talks about race with his transracially adopted child

When Your Child is of a Different Race

If you build a positive self-image for your child, he'll be able to thrive in a world that is not always fair.

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How to talk about racial bias with your kids.

Breaking the Racial Sound Barrier

In a society that considers "color-blindness" a noble attitude, parents may worry about talking about racism, but we must do it. Here's how.

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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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Celebrating birth culture is important in transracial adoption

“Do Fan Dances and Tea Ceremonies Really Teach Us Anything?”

The museum view of culture and heritage ignores the realities of life as a racial minority. But there is a middle ground.

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Preschool children of different races talking about diversity

Talking About Diversity: “Why is That Girl Brown?”

Even preschool kids are aware of racial differences. Here's how to talk to your child about them.

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These boys love each other, biologically related or not.

“Are Your Sons Related?”

My sons have a deep and enduring bond. So why do people need to know if they're real brothers?

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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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A Korean adoptee

“Inside/Outside”: The Transracial Adoptee Experience

30 years later: A special report on the Korean adoptee experience

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