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?
Helping Children Develop a Positive Racial Identity After Transracial Adoption
When you adopt a child of a different race, you have a responsibility to help him or her understand race and racism. Adoption experts, adoptive parents, and transracial adoptees share their perspectives on developing a positive racial identity.
A seven-year-old adoptee from China shares her thoughts on an illustrated children's book about adoption.
One summer, we traded our Hawaiian home for Berkeley, CA so our son could learn about more ethnic differences and similarities.
Are you unsure of how to care for and style your transracially-adopted child's hair? Use this guide to African, Latino, and Asian hair.
Transracial adoptees often grow up knowing that their families love them, but not truly feeling included or close to them. Here’s what would have helped in raising a black child in a white family and a racist world.
We asked readers, “Have you found any dolls or other toys that reflect your child’s race and/or birth culture that you would specifically recommend?” Here are the top picks.
Faced with a young daughter's despair, a mother realizes her child must reconnect with the past.
We asked AF readers to tell us about their experiences with transracial adoption.
As parents, we live in constant tension: How thoroughly should we prepare our kids for the ugliness that exists in the world? For my son's safety, I can't afford to be vague when it comes to racism.
We asked readers what tips, resources, experiences they had to say about transracial parenting. Here, we share their responses.
Families that expand their worlds to incorporate all kinds of cultures help their children develop strong racial identities.
Today, as more and more adoptees reach adulthood, they are finding birth relatives-or are being found by them. Whether a child is from the U.S., Guatemala, Russia, or China, she may one day be in touch with her first family. These stories, each detailing an unexpected family reunion, may well reflect the complexity of what is ahead.
The mother of a preschooler shares her concern about negative comments her daughter has been making about her skin color. Parents who have been there offer advice.
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.
We asked our readers, "How do you care for and style your transracially-adopted child's hair?" Here's what they shared.
One foster-turned-adoptive-mother shares how cooking brings her family together.
By now, you and your teen have established a firm family bond. But outsiders may not see it that way.
As I weighed diversity, academics, and other factors when choosing schools for my transracially adopted children, I perpetually second-guessed myself. But now that my kids are teens, I’m ready to trust their decisions.
Families whose friendships cross racial lines send a clear message about whom their kids can date.
Michelle Johnson, 38, adopted by white parents and raised in suburban Minneapolis, recently spoke with AF about her experiences.