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Transracial Adoption

Growing a White TV Dynasty. On a Scary Transracial Adoption

Frank Ligtvoet | Posted 01.25.2016 | Entertainment
Frank Ligtvoet

You might know it by now: Patriarch Phil Robertson of the hugely successful reality TV-show Duck Dynasty has a new grandson. The baby is the fifth chi...

Mixed Like Us: 5 Ways to Support Biracial Children at Home and in School

Kimberly Cooper | Posted 12.02.2015 | Education
Kimberly Cooper

Growing up biracial, I'd learned that negative social perceptions of biracial, multiracial and transracially adopted children were largely impacting the growth, well-being, and resources available to members of our own community at home and in schools. Asserting that biracial children were more "mixed-up" than mixed-race only served to further perpetuate negative stereotypes about us.

The Case for Adoption

Joel Peterson | Posted 11.08.2015 | Impact
Joel Peterson

Although it is highly successful, adoption -- for many, maybe even for the vast majority -- can be an extremely painful intervention. I know, personally, that it can be soul-searing and often does cause its own problems and side effects that linger throughout life.

We Need a National Adoption Month Unscripted

DaShanne Stokes | Posted 11.02.2015 | Impact
DaShanne Stokes

The reality is that adoption is a lifelong experience and finding a "forever family" is only the first step to meeting the needs of adoptive children.

White Parents of Black Children: You Can't Do This Alone

Rachel Garlinghouse | Posted 10.15.2015 | Parents
Rachel Garlinghouse

One of the questions I'm most often asked is: How can a white parent successfully raise a black child? The short answer may surprise you. White parents can't possibly raise black children successfully. Not alone, anyway.

Exploring Adoption and Identity: #BornandMade

April Dinwoodie | Posted 09.25.2015 | Black Voices
April Dinwoodie

Recently, a campaign from Carol's Daughter encouraged their community to explore identity. As a trans-racially adopted person I think about my identity a lot. Sometimes this exploration is light and fun, sometimes it is deep and painful, and sometimes it is somewhere in between.

A New Normal: Musings on Transracial Adoption

Lakshmi Iyer | Posted 09.03.2015 | Parents
Lakshmi Iyer

On our way home from the airport, the image of my daughter, eyes alight, explaining Diwali to a stranger makes me smile. In the years since we adopted our children, we have focused on everyday living.

'I Wish a Brown Family Adopted Me'

Gina Sampaio | Posted 08.06.2015 | Parents
Gina Sampaio

It's hard not to start bawling when your 6 year old stops getting ready for school to tell you, "I wish a brown family adopted me." It was one of those parenting moments in which I had to take a breath, hide my emotions and proceed with caution.

Remembering Mom's Love in a Breakfast Bowl

Joel Peterson | Posted 08.06.2015 | Parents
Joel Peterson

When I arrived from Korea as her new son, I was nearly 7 years old, and my mother knew that Koreans did not eat the same breakfast that American's typically ate.

Bound By Children, Two Mothers Navigate Open Adoption Across Racial Lines

Lakshmi Iyer | Posted 07.30.2015 | Parents
Lakshmi Iyer

I follow her blog. She follows mine. We follow each other on Twitter. We are Facebook friends. Our relationship is complex. She is American. I am Indian. She is Christian. I am Hindu. She eats meat. I do not. She lives in the Southwest. I live in the Northeast. Neither friends nor immediate family, we are linked by our children. She gave birth to them. I raise them.

Zeba Blay

What It Really Means To Be Transracial And Black | Zeba Blay | Posted 02.01.2016 | Black Voices

Photo by Luke Ratan It's been weeks since the nation became obsessed with -- then subsequently forgot about -- Rachel Dolezal. In choosing ...

Thinking About Independence, and the Freedom to Explore My Identity, on the 4th of July

April Dinwoodie | Posted 07.02.2015 | Parents
April Dinwoodie

The fourth of July is upon us, a holiday that signifies a meaningful moment in U.S. history, a date that marks our official independence as a nation. Over time, freedom and independence have come to take on very deep meaning for me as a transracially adopted person.

The One Thing You Should Say To An Adoptive Family

Rachel Garlinghouse | Posted 06.29.2015 | Parents
Rachel Garlinghouse

The truth is, most of the time, I don't want to even begin to take on the role of adoption educator. I'm just trying to buy toilet paper while keeping my toddler from dashing off to attack an endcap of candy bars.

My Nickname: A Cautionary Tale About Racism

Joel Peterson | Posted 06.28.2015 | Impact
Joel Peterson

We have seen the devastation that racism can perpetrate when the hate embedded within it festers in silence at the margins of our society. But where does this sort of racism come from? I don't know that I have the answer, but I do have a particular, firsthand experience that may give some insight into the question.

The Transparency of a "Incog-Negro"

Irene Monroe | Posted 06.22.2015 | Black Voices
Irene Monroe

Dolezal's white-to-black "passing" is the complication of both white guilt and white rage in an era of Affirmative Action.

On Father's Day, Thinking of the Dad Who Raised Me -- and the Father Who Might Not Know I Exist

April Dinwoodie | Posted 06.18.2015 | Parents
April Dinwoodie

All that I do and all that I am is wrapped up in two men; one gave me life and the other raised me. I simply would not exist without one and can't imagine my life without the other.

Transracial Lives Matter: Rachel Dolezal and the Privilege of Racial Manipulation

LisaMarie Rollins | Posted 06.17.2015 | Black Voices
LisaMarie Rollins

For those of you who don't know, transracial identity IS a thing and yeah, #TransracialLivesMatter but in many more ways than you think.

I Am Black. Rachel Dolezal Is Not.

Rebecca Carroll | Posted 06.15.2015 | Black Voices
Rebecca Carroll

I'm a black adoptee who grew up in a rural, predominantly white town, with a white family. And what strikes me as the most perverse and pathological aspect of this story is Dolezal's relationship to -- and ultimate identity theft of -- her black adoptive siblings.

To The Friend Who Is on the Fence About Adopting a Baby

Rachel Garlinghouse | Posted 05.13.2015 | Parents
Rachel Garlinghouse

A pregnancy involves conception and ultrasounds and birth plans and stretch marks. Adoption involves stacks of paperwork, no "due date" and many uncertainties. However, the end result is the same: parenthood.

I Have The Big Job Of Teaching My Black Children About Police

Rachel Garlinghouse | Posted 05.01.2015 | Parents
Rachel Garlinghouse

Police, at this point in my children's lives, continue to represent and practice safety, assistance, respect and justice. But I know the day is coming when my children will stop being adorable little kids who garner high-fives and smiles and compliments from adults.

6 Key Factors to Consider for an Open Adoption

April Dinwoodie | Posted 06.28.2015 | Parents
April Dinwoodie

Some people experience anxiety at the prospect of this unique relationship in their lives, and some families find this aspect of their adoption journey challenging. To ensure that a child feels loved and supported by all family members, both birth and adoptive, here are six things to keep in mind.

'Gotcha Day,' Meeting Your Adopted Child

Patrick Hicks | Posted 06.27.2015 | Parents
Patrick Hicks

Most parents go to a hospital to meet their child for the first time. My wife and I went to the Omaha airport, and it was there, shortly before midnight, that our internationally-adopted son arrived from South Korea. He was 51 weeks old.

It's National Sibling Day, and My Kids Get to Celebrate Too

Rachel Garlinghouse | Posted 06.10.2015 | Parents
Rachel Garlinghouse

We've been asked many questions since choosing to adopt and becoming a transracial family. Did you get to name the kids? I thought all adopted kids had problems? Were your kids born addicted to drugs? Could you not have your own children? Do you do their hair?

Dear New Momma (Through Adoption)

Madeleine Melcher | Posted 06.02.2015 | Parents
Madeleine Melcher

Maybe you just came from the hospital with this little being snuggled to your chest, or perhaps you recently finalized with an older child who has never truly known "the forever" of family... either way, you are mommies. Real ones. No one can take that from you.

The Question About My Transracial Family I'm Tired Of Being Asked

Sam Lanevi | Posted 01.24.2015 | Teen
Sam Lanevi

I want people to think about what makes their family a family. Is it shared physical features, or because of the love you share for one another? My family is a family because of the latter.