When you and your child don’t look alike, the world wants to know why. Parents who adopted transracially share how they explain strangers’ questions and comments to their children.
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.
Great heritage ideas that dont require plane ticketsor even a full tank of gas.
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We asked AF readers to tell us about their experiences with transracial adoption.
As parents, we live in constant tension: How thoroughly should we prepare our kids for the ugliness that exists in the world? For my son’s safety, I can’t afford to be vague when it comes to racism.
My wife and I may not match our kids, but we found a group where we all fit in.
We asked readers what tips, resources, experiences they had to say about transracial parenting. Here, we share their responses.
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Today, as more and more adoptees reach adulthood, they are finding birth relatives-or are being found by them. Whether a child is from the U.S., Guatemala, Russia, or China, she may one day be in touch with her first family. These stories, each detailing an unexpected family reunion, may well reflect the complexity of what is ahead.
The mother of a preschooler shares her concern about negative comments her daughter has been making about her skin color. Parents who have been there offer advice.
When potential neighbors were looking at the house for sale next door, this mom of a biracial child mas mainly worried they wouldn’t be friendly or would paint their house purple — until race came up.
Even after twenty years, adoptive families are still grappling with some of the same issues and questions about raising their children in an interracial family.
Yuka didnt teach us Chinese language, traditions, or cooking. What she did provide, however, was an excellent role model.
One foster-turned-adoptive-mother shares how cooking brings her family together.
By now, you and your teen have established a firm family bond. But outsiders may not see it that way.
As I weighed diversity, academics, and other factors when choosing schools for my transracially adopted children, I perpetually second-guessed myself. But now that my kids are teens, I’m ready to trust their decisions.
One thing led to another, and we became—unexpectedly—twice blessed.