Panel of Adult Transracially Adoptees

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Trans-racial adoptions present a unique set of challenges for families. How can white parents help their children navigate racial identity when they do not share that race? A panel of adult transracially adopted children will share their experiences of being raised by white parents. Our panel reflects the diversity of adoption and includes Asian, Black, and Latino/a adoptees.

Highlights of the show (click to expand)
  • How hard should parents push language lessons?
  • How hard should parents push their children to attend culture camps?
  • How can parents help their children deal with looking physically different then their peers?
  • What are some positive things parents of transracially adopted children can do?
  • Why should parents expose their children to role models of the same race?
  • How can parents help their children real is racism?
  • What are some mistakes that parents of transracially adopted children make?
  • Trans-racial adoption within the African-American community
  • White Kid, Black Family: Transracial Adoption
  • Can parents make too big a deal out of their child’s race?
  • What is the appropriate racial terminology for transracially adopted children?
  • How important is it for parents to share their child’s racial heritage?
  • How important is it for parents to live in a racial diverse neighborhood if the other services provided (ex. schools) are sub-par?
  • How can parents help their children handle racial slurs?
  • The future of trans-racially adopted child.

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