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.
A trio of remarkable stories from the first large group of Korean adoptees, now in their late 20's and early 30's. Thirty years ago, with international adoption information thought to be nonexistent and U.S. birth records sealed, few parents expected that their children would ever meet their birth families. Today, as more and more adoptees reach adulthood, they are finding birth relatives-or are being found by them. Whether a child is from the U.S., Guatemala, Russia, or China, she may one day be in touch with her first family. These stories, each detailing an unexpected family reunion, may well reflect the complexity of what is ahead.
The mother of a preschooler shares her concern about negative comments her daughter has been making about her skin color. Parents who have been there offer advice.
When new neighbors were looking at the house for sale next door, this mom of a biracial child worried they wouldn't be friendly, until race came up.
Even after twenty years, adoptive families are still grappling with some of the same issues and questions about raising their children in an interracial family.
We asked our readers, "How do you care for and style your transracially-adopted child's hair?" Here's what they shared.
Yuka didnt teach us Chinese language, traditions, or cooking. What she did provide, however, was an excellent role model.
One foster-turned-adoptive-mother shares how cooking brings her family together.
By now, you and your teen have established a firm family bond. But outsiders may not see it that way.
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.
Families whose friendships cross racial lines send a clear message about whom their kids can date.
For a mom who was adopted as an infant, the realization that her children look like her takes on special meaning.
Our daughter is not a public exhibit. She deserves to be protected from questions that undermine the legitimacy of our family.
More than a decade ago, I was hopefully working my way toward an adoption from China. After a tragedy derailed my plans, I wound my way to family in an entirely different way.
Most are designed for families. Other camps are just for kids, such as Holt Adoptee Camp (right), a sleep-away experience for children ages nine to 16.
Michelle Johnson, 38, adopted by white parents and raised in suburban Minneapolis, recently spoke with AF about her experiences.
Seeking and being embraced by members of the black community made me realize how much I need them to successfully raise my daughters.
American by birth, Indian by virtue of being raised by us, the hyphen may define my twins more than either of the terms throughout their lives.
In the days leading up to a second adoption, a mother worries: Are we about to turn our lives upside down? How will our daughter handle losing her position at the center of our attention? Will I be able to make room in my heart for another child?