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Kwanzukkah includes fruit, along with other food and drinks

“Our Family’s Unique Kwanzukkah Celebration”

“Our Family’s Unique Kwanzukkah Celebration”

The story of how one transracial family reinvented their holiday traditions.

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Celebrating birth culture is important in transracial adoption

“Do Fan Dances and Tea Ceremonies Really Teach Us Anything?”

The museum view of culture and heritage ignores the realities of life as a racial minority. But there is a middle ground.

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Register for the webinar "Parenting Advice from a Transracial Adoptee" on 5/19/16

Webinar Replay: Growing Up as a Transracial Adoptee

View the replay of this webinar with Deborah H. Johnson—on growing up as a transracial adoptee and what parents today need to know about talking about race and adoption, finding role models for their children, dealing with teasing, and more.

Melissa and Maya Ludtke at the Xiaxi market in 2004, the trip that inspired Touching Home in China

Two Adoptees on Going “Home” to China, Again

After a birth country visit to China that was too much, too soon for my seven-year-old daughter, she and a friend returned on their own terms as teens. The trip helped them imagine what their lives might have been and explore their Chinese-American identities.

Culture camp

Is Culture Camp for Us?

What will my child learn and talk about at camp? What would our family take away from a week attending together?

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A family at a theme park for their summer adoption plans

Countdown to Summer

With vacation time approaching, many of us are wondering how we can use the time to celebrate adoption. What are your family's plans?

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A group of teenagers working through the "who am I" question together

“Who am I?” The Complex Quest of Adolescent Adoptees

Every teen is involved in the complicated process of forming an identity. For adoptees, the process has a few extra layers.

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A family after adopting a baby from India

“Journey Into Our Son’s Culture”

Visiting our son in the orphanage where he lived revealed the humbling truth that he'll leave behind a lovely way of life.

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Tea, whose mother is learning about doing African American hair

“Doing Téa’s Hair”

I’d never thought much about hair care. But as the white mother of a black daughter, I learned to braid, twist, clip — and take every opportunity to instill my little girl with pride.

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Emilio and Claudia on his birth country trip

“I Have Two Countries”

Emilio returned to Bolivia to meet his new sister — and gained a renewed connection to his birth country.

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