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.
I can't imagine sending my children to an experience this profound without being with them.
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.
We asked readers, “Have you found any dolls or other toys that reflect your child’s race and/or birth culture that you would specifically recommend?” Here are the top picks.
We asked AF readers to tell us about their experiences with transracial adoption.
As parents, we live in constant tension: How thoroughly should we prepare our kids for the ugliness that exists in the world? For my son's safety, I can't afford to be vague when it comes to racism.
My wife and I may not match our kids, but we found a group where we all fit in.
We asked readers what tips, resources, experiences they had to say about transracial parenting. Here, we share their responses.
Families that expand their worlds to incorporate all kinds of cultures help their children develop strong racial identities.