Conspicuous Families

One father's decision on adopting transracially.

“My Decision to Adopt Transracially”

“My Decision to Adopt Transracially”

I thought. I researched. I talked. But in the end, it took a leap of faith to adopt across racial lines.

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Racial Bias

News Brief: For Some Parents, International Adoption Decision Reflects Racial Bias

A new study by the University of Vermont concluded that race plays a role for some parents who adopt internationally rather than domestically. Researchers conducted in-depth interviews with 41 mostly white parents who had, collectively, adopted 33 children of various ethnic and racial backgrounds from 10 different countries, as well as the United States.

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Webinar Replay: Growing Up as a Transracial Adoptee

View the replay of this webinar with Deborah H. Johnson—on growing up as a transracial adoptee and what parents today need to know about talking about race and adoption, finding role models for their children, dealing with teasing, and more. Register today.

Teaching Racial Awareness to Children

To the White Parents of My Black Son’s Friends

But here’s the thing—as much as we can try to protect him and teach him to protect himself, there may come a time when your child will be involved. As the parents of the white friend of my black son, I need you to be talking to your child about racism.

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transracial adoption

Should We Adopt Transracially?

For many prospective adoptive parents, "the choice" of where and how to adopt is the most difficult part. Answers to three common questions when deciding if transracial adoption is right for your family.

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adoption story

“Choosing Not to Share My Children’s Adoption Story”

May I take my children to the grocery store or the library without announcing where they came from, or my own history? I think, yes.

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raising a child of a different race

“Looking Different, Dressing Alike”

When we stepped into the next parking lot, she took my hand again. “It’s good we’re wearing our shoes,” she said. “We match. That way, people know we belong together.”

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“Being Noticed as a Transracial Family”

For once, the barista at Starbucks didn’t recognize me. He shouldn’t. I’m there only about once a month. The thing is, he remembers me. Well, not me so much as us. This is one of those things that come with being the white mother of a black child. Comments, questions, stares—those I expected. The strange experience of just being visible—not so much. I didn’t realize how invisible I was until I wasn’t anymore.

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Grace, and the photograph that started it all

“The Refrigerator Picture”

When I dressed up my daughter and took a portrait, was I just showing off my cute kid — or perpetuating stereotypes?

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Color Blindness and Race

Love Sees in Color

About a decade ago it was popular to say, “Love sees no color. I really don’t see that my kids are different.” I’m hoping we’ve moved away from that, because it’s just not true. We all notice differences, and, if we say we can’t, we’re denying something.

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Korean couple preparing for an adoptive wedding

Meeting the In-Laws

Our Korean-born daughter is engaged to a Korean man. We're thrilled — but how do we discuss adoption with his family?

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Three adult adoptee stories

“Did You Ever Mind It?”: On Race and Adoption

I tell prospective adoptive parents to take a good, hard look at their social circles, their neighborhoods, their churches, their communities and think about how those places and spaces will look and feel to their child.

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