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How adoptive parents can help fight cultural stereotypes

Culture, Heritage, and Stereotypes

Culture, Heritage, and Stereotypes

If we don't help our children understand racial and cultural stereotypes, who will?

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One mom ponders racial injustice while party planning.

“No More Monkey Business”

Cake? Check. Invitations? Check. Favors? Check. Acknowledgement of racial injustice…? Choosing a theme for my son's birthday party involved more than we had anticipated.

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A white mother with one of her biracial children

“My Inconspicuous Family”

We were prepared to raise a child who looked nothing like us. But things changed when we found out that our new daughter did...sort of.

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Joe Mills is a parent via transracial adoption

“Our Visible, Multiracial Family”

Although my wife and I talked a great deal about race before we decided on a transracial adoption, we didn't fully appreciate how conspicuous our family would become. Quite simply, we now stick out in a crowd.

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Children in a multiracial family

“Why Am I the Only One Who’s Pink?”

Being Mom to "virtual twins"—one African-American, one white; one adopted, one biological—has taught me to validate both of my children for who they are.

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Even though she was adopted from China, my daughter loves American pasttimes.

“What Being Asian Means to Her”

At 13, my daughter is still figuring out who she is. Race is one part of the picture, adoption is another.

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AF readers and AFC community members sound off about diversity at school.

Classroom Consciousness

Finding the right school for your child is a personal, and sometimes emotional, process — especially when considering diversity and academic excellence.

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One mom wonders when to address ethnicity in multiracial families.

“Should I Proclaim My Family’s Multiracial Identity?”

My son's Mexican heritage is not apparent to others. Is it my responsibility to identify ourselves as a multiracial family?

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One mother describes her experience with transracial adoption.

“Blurring the Line”

Mississippi has the largest population of African Americans in the United States, and the color line seems to be drawn in permanent ink or, perhaps, in blood. Because of this, I always believed I would never go back after my daughters came home from Haiti.

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One mom describes her struggle to explain race in her conspicuous family.

“Talking About Race in Our Blended Family”

A chance conversation in the car almost set our son apart from our family. But what happened brought him closer to me than ever.

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How to celebrate adoptee heritage as kids grow.

Age-by-Age Ways to Celebrate Birth Culture

An age-by-age guide to cultural activities that help our children take pride in their identity.

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Will our adopted children get swept up in the immigration debate?

“My Boys, ‘The Immigrants'”

When my Latino sons were babies, white people on the street couldn't stop cooing over them. Lately, things have changed.

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group of adopted children of various races

Building Identity: “Who Can I Be?”

From workshops and playshops to heritage travel and adoptee camps — there are tons of way to teach your kid about their culture!

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Well-maintained hair is important for the racial identity of an African American child

“Braiding Barbara’s Hair”

As the white mother of an African American daughter, I learned more than I ever could've imagined about hair.

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