Many American families foster or adopt a child of another race or culture. It is against federal law to delay or deny a child’s placement for foster care or adoption on the basis of race, color or national origin. However, multi-cultural families need extra support.
The Cultural Competence Continuum
Defined as the ability to respect, engage, and understand individuals who have different cultural or belief system regarding age, ethnicity, gender identity, gender expression, geographic location, language, political status, race, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, tribal affiliation, and religion, Cultural Competence, is often needed within foster, kinship and adoptive families.
Racism and Microaggressions in Transracial Adoption
“We don’t see color” has been the mantra for transracial adoptive parents for decades. While many parents do love their children for who they are, in this world, love is, sadly, not enough. Your child will most likely, definitely, probably already has, faced racism. Learn how to help them deal with it and support them as people of color.
Multi-Cultural and Trans-Cultural Adoption
Adopting a child of a different culture or color doesn’t mean that the burden is now on the child to learn to fit into your family and culture. How you view things going on in your community, nation and the world should now be from two perspectives.
International Adoption Support
The experiences of international adoptees can vary widely, so the support needed for internationally adopted children, adults and their families will likewise be varied to deal with these different experiences.
Struggle for Identity: Issues in Transracial Adoption
A powerful Coalition Video/DVD designed to inform adoptive and foster parents about the needs of their children of a different race or ethnicity.
Recommend Books on International Adoptions and the Transracial Experience
- Too Much Soul: The Journey of an Asian Southern Belle
- Mixed Korean: Our Stories: Anthology
- China’s Hidden Children
- Pieces of Me
- Invisible Asians
- The Child Catchers
- The Place of Peace and Crickets
- One Child
- Beyond Good Intentions
- Parenting Your Adopted Older Child
- At the Heart of the Universe: A Novel