An unexpected emergency tests the strength of a mother-daughter bond.
"From an early age, my children needed to know where they belonged—and the birth country where they came from."
Although we knew our South American-born son would face challenges growing up in a predominantly white middle class suburb, we were totally unprepared for what was to come.
If your family is thinking about adopting a child of a different race, spend some time answering these six questions to help determine if it's right for you.
We're committed to raising our son in our religion, but we won't let his adoption erase essential parts of who he is.
While it might have been “just hair” to me, the emotions were far more tangled for them, with roots deep into the history of oppression between our two peoples.
Talking about racism makes most of us uncomfortable. Still, parents of transracially adopted children should resist the urge not to talk. Here's how.
You can offer your children support—and the tools they need to fight back.
White parents do not have the experience of feeling vulnerable or targeted based on race, so telling a transracially adopted child "I know how you feel" isn't right—but silence is also not the answer. Adoptees and experts discuss how parents should speak out and take action.
"Growing up, makeup felt like a mask—a cover-up for my true inner self."
Like all mixed race families in America, we face stereotyping as a matter of course. These six lessions have helped enrich my family.
Guess who's coming with moms and dads on the adoption trip? Their moms and dads!
"You belong to two heritages-Jewish and Latin American-and at this special time in your life, when many Jewish families travel to the Mideast, we're heading south." More than a few heads turned when I announced this in my speech to my thirteen-year-old daughter, Amanda, on the occasion of her bat mitzvah.
When you form a transracial family, you must build in a system to combat racism.
We asked our reader panel: Have you ever been asked to explain your child's ethnic identity? How do you respond?
Traveling to our daughters' birth country allowed us to bond, both with their ethnic heritage and our fellow travelers.
"Make the trip, you won't be sorry." Our journey to our son's birth country—and to visit his foster mother—was an exhilarating experience.
A summer heritage camp that's all about helping transracial families.
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?
One summer, we traded our Hawaiian home for Berkeley, CA so our son could learn about more ethnic differences and similarities.