Becoming a Multicultural Family

We just adopted our son from Colombia. How can we begin a new life as a multicultural family — and encourage loved ones to do the same?

One of many multicultural adoptive families
Many parents notice that, after they adopt, they are more keenly aware of cultural and racial issues and conflicts. You may find yourself flinching when a joke ends with a racial punchline or stereotypes are casually discussed. News stories about Colombia, immigration, Central America, or the Hispanic community in the U.S. will take on a new significance. Suddenly, all of these things matter to you because of their connection with your son. Don't be surprised if friends and relatives do ...

After you adopt a child from another culture, how do you adapt to life as a multicultural family?

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