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.

White adoptive parents in a multiracial family

“Embracing Differences”

“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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The creator of Outside Looking In with his family

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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Andrew Lasky returned to his birth country

“Right At Home”

Heritage trips help children discover their past — and influence who they become. Here, one adoptee describes his journey back to his birth country of Colombia.

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Anna's family helped her though her birth mother reunion

“A Last-Minute Birth Mother Reunion”

Heritage trips help children discover their past — and influence who they become. Here, one family describes their journey back to their child's birth country of Korea.

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Paula Hajar's son learns about his cultural heritage

“Connecting with a Culture”

A mother weaves a strand between her child's Guatemalan heritage and her Arab ethnicity.

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