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.

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[Book Review] Raising Nuestros Niños: Bringing Up Latino Children in a Bicultural World

[Book Review] Raising Nuestros Niños: Bringing Up Latino Children in a Bicultural World

Beth Hall reviews, Raising Nuestros Niños: Bringing Up Latino Children in a Bicultural World, a resource for parenting to preserve cultural traditions and values.

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Birthmarks: Transracial Adoption in Contemporary America

[Book Review] Birthmarks: Transracial Adoption in Contemporary America

Birthmarks: Transracial Adoption in Contemporary America, by Sandra Patton, is a multilayered synthesis of interviews conducted with 22 transracial adoptees. Read more!

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[Book Review] Make Me a Mother

AF reviews a touching memoir that examines the human experience through the lenses of adoption, race, and family.

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Adoption and teenage years

When Your Teen Starts to Date

As adopted teens enter the dating game, unique issues will arise. Are you ready to tackle them?

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White adoptive parents in a multiracial family

“Embracing Differences”

Why should I try to make my son feel 'the same'? Why shouldn’t I learn to be more like him?

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Transracial Adoption: A History in Black & White

What have we learned over 30 years—and what are we doing now to offer our children a better understanding of who they are?

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Adoption Experts answer your questions.

Ask AF: A More Multicultural Neighborhood

Part of growing up is learning to understand race. Experts explain how living in a diverse neighborhood can help your child put together the puzzle.

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Finding strong role models for your child is important

Finding Good Role Models

Finding someone who understands your child's experience will help him develop a strong sense of self.

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Balancing cultural activities with the rest of your family routine

Balancing Cultural Activities in the Family Routine

If your child seems more interested in soccer than culture camp, don't panic.

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