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.

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Teens in Search of Romance

Teens in Search of Romance

Families whose friendships cross racial lines send a clear message about whom their kids can date.

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“How I Deal with Nosy Questions”

Our daughter is not a public exhibit. She deserves to be protected from questions that undermine the legitimacy of our family.

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A woman recounts her experience adopting from China, until a tragedy derailed her plans

“The Red Thread of Fate”

More than a decade ago, I was hopefully working my way toward an adoption from China. After a tragedy derailed my plans, I wound my way to family in an entirely different way.

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10 Questions to Ask When Considering a Heritage Camp

Most are designed for families. Other camps are just for kids, such as Holt Adoptee Camp (right), a sleep-away experience for children ages nine to 16.

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Adopted and Black in Middle America

Michelle Johnson, 38, adopted by white parents and raised in suburban Minneapolis, recently spoke with AF about her experiences.

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author Lakshmi Iyer with her family through transracial adoption

“American-Indian, Indian-American”

American by birth, Indian by virtue of being raised by us, the hyphen may define my twins more than either of the terms throughout their lives.

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Adopting From China

“Breaking New Ground”

In the days leading up to a second adoption, a mother worries: Are we about to turn our lives upside down? How will our daughter handle losing her position at the center of our attention? Will I be able to make room in my heart for another child?

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thanksgiving traditions

Chicken Feet for Thanksgiving

Tradition and ritual, especially during the holidays, signal security and family pride. And if you get creative, they just might reflect your distinct personalities, too.

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Asian Stereotypes as an Adoptee

“The Wrong Kind of Asian”

I have confused and disappointed many people in my lifetime because I don't look or behave the way they think an Asian ought to look or behave.

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25 Children’s Books That Showcase Diversity

Kids need to be able to find characters who look like them in the books on their shelves. Here are some of our favorites that provide that powerful affirmation.

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Gender Inquality, Racial Segregation, and My Daughter

“Let’s Be Fair”

At nine, my daughter is becoming aware of the many ways in which the world is unjust, and is doing her part to promote fairness where she can.

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Heritage Travel

“You’ve Got to Have Friends”

My daughter’s fascination with China was matched by her pleasure at sharing the return trip with friends who’d made the same journey.

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