This course is designed for adoption professionals and pre/post-adoptive families.
1- Hour Online Audio Course (Certificate of completion will be immediately awarded upon successful completion of the course including passing a 10 question quiz with a grade of 80%)
Adoptive parents are told that they must incorporate their child’s birth culture into their life in order to raise healthy adopted children. Can you go overboard? In this course, Mei-Ling Hopgood and Joy Lieberthal, both adult adoptees, discuss how to best incorporate your child’s birth culture into their life.
This course includes:
- Is it possible to go overboard when embracing your child’s cultural heritage?
- What is the difference between race, heritage, and culture and how does it apply to embracing a transracially adopted child’s background?
- What is the difference between embracing your child’s cultural heritage for your child as oppose to embracing your child’s cultural heritage with them?
- How do children fit into the American aspect of their culture (Korean-American vs. Korean vs. American)?
- Are internationally adopted children being robbed of their culture?
- What is culture and how is it connected to race? How to go about instilling cultural awareness and pride.
- What can parents do to help their child embrace all of their cultures?
- How does maintaining pride in a child’s birth culture relate to preparing them for being a racial minority?
- The importance of mentoring from the adoptive community.
- How does a child’s perspective of their heritage change as they grow?
- Does an intentional exposure to a birth culture make a child feel unique and special or singled out within their family?
- What should parents focus on when instilling cultural awareness?
- How hard should parents try to maintain their child’s birth language when adopting an older child?
- How do transracially adopted children identify when they are adults?
- What can parents do to help instill cultural pride in their adopted children?
Please contact the Education Director for technical assistance or disability accommodations.
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