How can parents help their transracially adopted child transition to college and why can this transition be hard for both teen and parents. We talk with Dr. Amanda Baden, a Professor in the Counselor Education Program at Montclair State University. She is an active researcher and currently leads their Adoption Research Team. She is also a transracial adoptee.[sws_blue_box box_size=”530″]
- Acknowledge that this will likely be a strange year for preparing anyone going to college.
- What are the major developmental milestones for all adolescents that happen during the 15-20 age frame?
- What are some of the additional developmental milestones for adolescent adoptees?
- What are the additional developmental milestones for transracial adoptees during the late teen years?
- Why is the transition to college sometimes a difficult one for transracial adoptees?
- What do you mean by “honorary whiteness”?
- Is the experience of transitioning to college different depending on the race of adoptee?
- Some adoptees feel like the bridge between the race/culture of their adoptive family and the race/culture of their birth. What are the issues with being the bridge.
- Are there specific things parents and transracial adopted teens should look for when choosing a college?
- The complexities of using the “transracial adoption story” as part of the college essay.
- How can the feeling of rejection that some adoptees feel be exacerbated in the college application process?
- How does the college experience impact adoptee identity development?
- Can the transition to college be especially difficult for parents of transracial adoptees?
- Parents concern about whether their child will leave and emotionally not return.
- Birth parent search is usually open to adolescents at age 18, which is right during this time of transition.
- How can parents help their transracial adoptee make a successful transition to college?
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