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Ask AF: Encouraging a Cohesive Racial and Cultural Identity

Ask AF: Encouraging a Cohesive Racial and Cultural Identity

“We have always tried to make sure our internationally adopted son feels proud of his heritage. This year, when the class was writing about Thanksgiving, he asked if he could skip the assignment because people from his birth country do not celebrate Thanksgiving. I know I need to talk to him, but I’m not sure where to start.”

"Committed to honoring our children’s African American race and culture, we buy lotion for every room in the house and spend a small fortune on hair products…"

“Keeping Up Appearances” – Our Skin and 4C Hair Care Routine

As the parents of four black children, we drop a small fortune on lotion and products and build time into our schedule to style their hair, all the while questioning whether we know what we’re doing. A recent conversation offered some much-needed reassurance.

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Two girls playing together and discussing racism at Pact Camp

Race Matters at Pact Camp

A summer heritage camp that's all about helping transracial families.

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Book Review: Finding Miracles

This story of a teen adopted from Latin America tackles questions of identity, race, birth culture, and more.

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“Can Black Children Wear Watermelons?”

Many symbols commonly found on children’s clothing connote racist stereotypes of black people. Knowing this, should transracial adoptive parents still dress their black children in onesies and shirts featuring monkeys, zebras, and watermelons?

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author Rebekah Hutson, a transracial adoptee, with her mother, sister, and niece

“5 Things I Wish My White Parents Knew”

Transracial adoptees often grow up knowing that their families love them, but not truly feeling included or close to them. Here’s what would have helped in raising a black child in a white family and a racist world.

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“On Choosing, or Changing, Schools”

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.

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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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Shifting Your Mindset to Become a Multicultural Family

After you adopt a child from another culture, how do you adapt to life as a multicultural family?

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Instilling pride in her Latino heritage is important for adopted Latino children

“Rooting Our Children in Our Latino Heritage”

As Latino parents, we know firsthand the discrimination our children will face.

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Microaggressions can add up over time

Responding to “Invisible” Racism

Our society has gotten to the point where most people can agree that overt racism is wrong. Few would argue that segregation or using a racial slur is acceptable. But many more subtle forms of racism persist. Here's how to combat them.

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Our expert explains why it's important to start talking about racism and race with your adopted child.

Talking About Race and Racism

Racism exists, and it's our job as parents to talk about it with our kids. Here's an age-by-age guide to handling those conversations.

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Cross-cultural adoption creates loving families

Parenting Strategies for Blended Families

When your family includes biological and adopted children, how do you make sure everyone feels included?

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Racial stereotypes are everywhere, especially for transracial families

“Is My Asian Son a Whiz Kid?”

When my son was five months old, friends predicted he would be a good student — probably a mathematician.

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Talking to children about race from an early age is important

“Bigotry, Blindness, and Basketball”

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.

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In this personal essay, one mom discusses the challenges of transracial parenting.

“Having ‘the Talk’ with My Black Son”

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.

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