“Last week, my teenage son told me that he was tired of having to explain himself wherever he goes. Why is this happening, and how can I help him?”
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.
After you adopt a child from another culture, how do you adapt to life as a multicultural family?
I thought. I researched. I talked. But in the end, it took a leap of faith to adopt across racial lines.
When the social worker brought my new daughter to my house, she wasn’t the African-American girl I was expecting. And so we became a transracial family.
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My wife and I are active in a group for families who adopted from China. Now that we’re adopting a second child, from Ethiopia, should we join another, or find a multicultural group?
We’re ready to talk to our child, who is black, about racism before she starts school. What should we say?
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When my son was five months old, friends predicted he would be a good student — probably a mathematician.
What started off as a fun day on the courts left my heart hurting for my two brown boys, and the kids who excluded them.
It’s not easy to teach your child that people may fear him because of the color of his skin—but it’s something parents through transracial adoption must do.
My wife and I were nervous the first Sunday we attended an African-American church. Would they welcome us? Would they stare? We should have had faith.
Bringing up race and racism to your kid can be tough — but it should be done sooner rather than later.
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