Talking About Race and Honoring Birth Culture in Transracial Adoption


When your child joins your family through transracial adoption, you must find ways to talk about racism, instill a positive racial identity, and honor her birth culture.

Adoption Lifebook: A Bridge to Your Child's Beginnings

[Book Review] Adoption Lifebook: A Bridge To Your Child’s Beginnings

[Book Review] Adoption Lifebook: A Bridge To Your Child’s Beginnings

In this essential addition to the literature on adoption lifebooks, Cindy Probst provides a structured, child-centered approach to the task of writing down what happened in the earliest days of a child's life.

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[Book Review] Inside Transracial Adoption

Jana Wolff, part of a transracial family formed through adoption, reviews Inside Transracial Adoption, a comprehensive guide for families that don't match.

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Mommy Far, Mommy Near

[Book Review] Mommy Far, Mommy Near

Mommy Far, Mommy Near-An Adoption Story, by Carol Antoinette Peacock, is exceptional. I really loved the fact that the story is told by a child to other children-the book's readers.

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[Book Review] Ten Thousand Sorrows

A Koren adoptee reviews Ten Thousand Sorrows. The memoir was written by a women of similar age and circumstances, but she didn't feel the connection to the book she expected.

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[Book Review] The Lost Daughters of China

The Lost Daughters of China, by Karin Evans, is an eloquent account of an individual's journey to adoptive parenthood amidst the "search for a missing past" many Chinese adoptees encounter.

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

Dealing with Differences

Our culture isn't always compassionate toward those who fall outside the "norm." But we can help our children embrace their uniqueness — and become more tolerant, too.

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A family on a homeland journey

Is Your Family Ready for a Homeland Journey?

Heritage trips help children discover their past-and inspire who they'll become. Help your child prepare for the journey with these expert-tested tips.

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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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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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