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.

Children of various races enjoying a culture camp

Going Camping

Going Camping

Three camp options offer unique ways to explore your childs roots and emerging identity during the summer months.

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An adoptee escort and a baby from Korea

“Homeward Bound”

Retracing a journey I had made 23 years earlier inspired unforeseen emotions about my past, and about one child's future.

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My son's drawing, drawing on Martin Luther King Jr's ideas of forgiveness

“Martin Luther King’s Dream Come True?”

When my son was harassed by a classmate for his race, I knew I only had a second to act.

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Patti Ghezzi and her daughter, a black baby with natural hair

“My Hot Rollers, My Daughter, Myself”

I've always had my own issues with hair. But when my daughter came along, my perceptions had to change.

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A white mother raising a child of color

Raising a Child of Color in America — While White

Our country is far from a “post-racial” society, as this last year has demonstrated. How can you ensure that your child will grow up feeling safe, secure in his identity, and close to your family? Commit to calling out racism and fighting injustice wherever you see it.

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Adoption Experts answer your questions.

Ask AF: Affirming Belonging

An adoptive parent whose young child realized her skin color was different asks AF's expert for help with talking about race and belonging in a blended family.

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A preteen girl handling racism

The Elephant in the Room: Handling Racism

We want to start teaching our daughter about racism early on, but we have no idea where to start.

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Q&A with Maggie Jones About Adult Adoptees Who Move Back to South Korea

We spoke with Maggie Jones about her NYT article on the wave of adult adoptees who are moving back to South Korea—how she came to write this piece, and the overwhelming response she's received.

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When families through transracial adoption are asked questions by adults of the child's race

Comments from Adults of Your Child’s Race

When you're raising a child of another race, you may find that adults of that race approach you with questions or comments. AF's transracial adoption expert explains what you can say.

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How to raise multiracial children who appear to be one race.

Inconspicuous Transracial Adoption: “She Looks as White as You”

Our family doesn’t provoke many questions—is it still our responsibility to offer answers?

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Tea, whose mother is learning about doing African American hair

“Doing Téa’s Hair”

I’d never thought much about hair care. But as the white mother of a black daughter, I learned to braid, twist, clip — and take every opportunity to instill my little girl with pride.

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