WARNING! Spoilers ahead. Season 5 Episode 13: A look into Randall’s Ghost Kingdom and experience at a transracial support group. Are you keeping up with NBC’s hit drama This is Us? This season dove deep into Randall’s feelings towards transracial adoption. Throughout season 5, the show portrays the conversations the Pearson family is starting to… Continue reading This is Us: Who are the weatherman and librarian? Randall’s Transracial Support Group and Ghost Kingdoms
Warning: spoilers ahead! A look into how adoption is portrayed in Season 5. Kate and her husband Toby meeting Ellie, their future daughter's birth mom in a park. Have you joined the “This is Us” fan club yet? Now in its fifth season, the NBC hit drama explores different adoption storylines as it takes viewers… Continue reading Representation of Adoption in NBC’s “This is Us”
Transracial or transcultural adoption refers to the placement of a child who is of one race or ethnic group with adoptive parents of a different race or ethnic group. When considering transracial or transcultural adoption, the first step is to sit down and examine your beliefs and attitudes about race and ethnicity. Not only should… Continue reading Things to Consider Before You Adopt Transracially.
One common fear adoptive parents have when it comes to transracial adoption is celebrating and teaching their children about their traditions. It is important to teach your child about their own culture to connect to their heritage. It is a sense of identity that they will come to need in the future, so it is… Continue reading 5 Easy Tips to Celebrate Your Child’s Culture
If you’re thinking about becoming a transracial family, there is a lot to consider. Adopting transracially goes so far beyond educating oneself on hair care and celebrating black history month. In addition to your commitment to basic parental duties, there is a commitment to caring for your child’s racial wellbeing. Here are just a few… Continue reading Considering becoming a transracial family
Written by Rebekah McGee a New York Adoption Consultant with Adoptions from the Heart. She and her husband adopted an infant son from Ethiopia in 2012 after a 2.5 year adoption process. Their family then had two biological daughters in 2013 and 2017. In our family, my husband and I and our two daughters are… Continue reading Black History Month as a Transracial Family
Written by Rebekah McGee a New York Adoption Consultant with Adoptions from the Heart. She and her husband adopted an infant son from Ethiopia in 2012 after a 2.5 year adoption process. In our family, my husband and I are Caucasian and our adopted son is African-American. When he was a baby, we often received… Continue reading We Are a Transracial Special-Needs Family
Being ready for transracial adoption doesn’t just mean stocking your child’s library with books that have black characters or purchasing dolls that have brown skin. It’s also about welcoming in voices of those who share the same ethnic community as your child. It’s about mirrors, not only on tv, but in real life. Most importantly, it’s about pushing yourself to never stop learning.
In society we often look to teachers, politicians, or religious leaders to eliminate racism. Racism is all around us. It exists whether we consciously see it or not. Racism can been seen on the television, in the media, in our neighborhood and in our everyday life. We have learned about it in school, and grew up being… Continue reading How to talk to your child about racism: from starting the conversation to maintaining a continued conversation throughout childhood
1. Admit that race will be a factor in the way a child of color is treated. Give examples in history and daily life. Examples of racism are plentiful throughout the news, by admitting it and confronting it with your child you are giving them the tools they need to fight it. 2. Agree that… Continue reading Helping school age children handle racism