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    International Adoption: Transracial/Transcultural Parenting Package


    Adopting a child from another country brings additional layers of issues to consider when learning how to parent them well. This package of courses is designed to help you think about fostering healthy cultural identity. Topics include exposing your children to healthy racial/cultural mirrors and role models, giving your child tools to talk about racial or cultural differences, helping your child process their cultural identity and factors to consider when preparing for a homeland tour. There is also a wonderful opportunity to hear from several adult adoptees who share their stories of navigating racial and cultural issues in their adoption experiences.


    This course bundle is designed for adoption professionals and families preparing to become host family

    (5) 1-Hour Online Audio Courses (Certificate of completion will be immediately awarded upon successful completion of each individual course including passing a 10-question quiz with a grade of 80%.)

    Beyond Culture CampsCultural Identity – The buzz for the last 15 years has been about the need for instilling cultural identity in internationally adopted kids.  Hollee McGinnis, adult Korean adoptee and researcher with the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, and Dr. Heather Jacobson, Professor of Sociology & Anthropology, and author of Culture Keeping: White Mothers, International Adoption, and the Negotiation of Family Difference, talk about how to best raise healthy, adjusted adopted children.

    Homeland toursHomeland Tours: Taking Internationally Adopted Children Back to Their Country of Birth – International adoptive parents are encouraged to take their children back to their birth country for a visit one day. What is the reality of homeland tours for the children and their families? Is it always a good idea? In this course, Dr. Iris Ponte and Debra Jacobs, the authors of From Home to Homeland, talk about the best way to take your adopted child on a homeland tour.

    Instilling Cultural AwarenessInstilling Cultural Awareness and Pride in Internationally Adopted Children – 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.

    Language DevelopmentLanguage Development in Internationally Adopted Children – How do children adopted internationally acquire the language of their new country and what should parents do to help? When should parents worry? In this course, Dr. Sharon Glennen, professor and chairperson in the Department of Audiology, Speech, Language, Pathology and Deaf Studies at Towson University in Maryland, discusses the complex language learning patterns of children who were internationally adopted.

    Panel Discussion with Adult Transracial Adoptees – The right way to raise a tranracial adopted child is a hot button issue. In this course we have a frank discussion with the real experts—adults of color who were adopted by white parents as children. They can tell us much about what worked, what didn’t, what they would suggest to this generation of transracial adoptive parents. Our adoptees were adopted domestically, as well as from Korea, China, and Colombia.

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