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Children of various races enjoying a culture camp

Going Camping

Going Camping

Three camp options offer unique ways to explore your childs roots and emerging identity during the summer months.

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My son's drawing, drawing on Martin Luther King Jr's ideas of forgiveness

“Martin Luther King’s Dream Come True?”

When my son was harassed by a classmate for his race, I knew I only had a second to act.

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Patti Ghezzi and her daughter, a black baby with natural hair

“My Hot Rollers, My Daughter, Myself”

I've always had my own issues with hair. But when my daughter came along, my perceptions had to change.

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Myths about teenagers include "adopted teens are moodier," like this angry girl

Myths About Teens

In a quandary over what's normal — and what's not — about your teen? Here's what you should know.

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A white mother raising a child of color

Raising a Child of Color in America — While White

Our country is far from a “post-racial” society, as this last year has demonstrated. How can you ensure that your child will grow up feeling safe, secure in his identity, and close to your family? Commit to calling out racism and fighting injustice wherever you see it.

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Children may be making assumptions about culture in your child's classroom

Responding to Assumptions About Culture

Children at my daughter's school assume she speaks Spanish, even though she was raised in an English-speaking family. What can we do?

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A preteen girl handling racism

The Elephant in the Room: Handling Racism

We want to start teaching our daughter about racism early on, but we have no idea where to start.

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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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“I Want to Be Myself”

Putting together all her pieces — Chinese, Jewish, American, Israeli — made this adoptee realize that she was more than the sum of her parts.

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Three adult adoptee stories

“Did You Ever Mind It?”: On Race and Adoption

I tell prospective adoptive parents to take a good, hard look at their social circles, their neighborhoods, their churches, their communities and think about how those places and spaces will look and feel to their child.

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A doctor checking an African American baby for sickle cell anemia

African-American Health Concerns: Sickle Cell Anemia

Our child is African-American. What should we know about sickle cell anemia?

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Q&A with Maggie Jones About Adult Adoptees Who Move Back to South Korea

We spoke with Maggie Jones about her NYT article on the wave of adult adoptees who are moving back to South Korea—how she came to write this piece, and the overwhelming response she's received.

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When families through transracial adoption are asked questions by adults of the child's race

Comments from Adults of Your Child’s Race

When you're raising a child of another race, you may find that adults of that race approach you with questions or comments. AF's transracial adoption expert explains what you can say.

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How to raise multiracial children who appear to be one race.

Inconspicuous Transracial Adoption: “She Looks as White as You”

Our family doesn’t provoke many questions—is it still our responsibility to offer answers?

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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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