Transracial Adoption: A Mom & Son Talk about What They’ve Learned
We talk with Isaac and Julie Etter, a mom and son, about what they have learned about transracial adoption and what they wish they had known at the beginning. Isaac is the founder of Identity, a startup focused on using technology to help adoptive and foster families thrive. Julie Etter is a mom of five and a humanities teacher.
In this episode, we cover:
- Isaac, tell us your adoption story from your perspective. Why were you placed for adoption? What were the first two years of your life like? Where you were raised?
- Julie, what was your motivation for adopting? Were there other children in the family?
- What was the racial demographics of your community?
- Julie, what were you taught about transracial adoption before you adopted?
- Rushed through the system. Why was this not good.
- Isaac, how did you identify racially as a young child? When did you start identifying as black?
- Did you experience racism growing up?
- Julie, did you see racism directed towards Isaac as a child?
- Did you tell your parents?
- Julie, what do you wish you had known before you adopted a Black child? Would you have done anything differently?
- Isaac, what do you want transracial adopted parents to know?
- Julie, what advice would you give other parents who have or are considering adopting tranracially?
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Music Credit: Michael Ashworth
Image Credit: RODNAE Productions