When Your Child is of a Different Race

Openly talking about race, racism, and your child's birth culture will help them come to terms with their adoption and develop a strong racial identity.

A parent talks about race with his transracially adopted child
Most parents who adopt transracially see the world at first through rose-colored glasses. "Race doesn't matter," they say. "I love my child and that's enough." Or maybe they believe the world has changed, that their child will never feel the stigma of prejudice. By the time a child is old enough to start school, most parents have become more realistic. Maybe their son comes home with a story of playground insults, or their daughter hears a nasty remark about "Chinese ...

If you build a positive self-image for your child, he’ll be able to thrive in a world that is not always fair.


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