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Transracial Adoption

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.

What's Wrong With Cheerios' Gay-Adoption Commercial

Frank Ligtvoet | Posted 12.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Frank Ligtvoet

I am a white gay dad of two African-American kids as well, and I can surely relate to the feelings of these men in an intimate way. But honestly, I am taken aback by the commercial.

How This White Mother Plans To Help Her Black Children Deal With Racism

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 10.07.2014 | Parents

Mom of three Rachel Garlinghouse joined HuffPost Live Tuesday to talk about the challenges that come along with parenting children of another race. ...

How I Met My 'Mother'

Ipsita Paul | Posted 11.18.2014 | Women
Ipsita Paul

As the visit was winding down and we got up to leave, Bio Mom was crying. I felt terrible that I felt nothing for her.

An Ethnicity Conversation Your Adoptive Child Wants You to Have

Elizabeth Connolly | Posted 11.12.2014 | Politics
Elizabeth Connolly

My experience with being a transnational, transracial adoptee, for example, is not uncommon, especially among Asian American adoptees from China and Korea. For several summers during my childhood I attended Culture Camp (also Heritage Camp) for Asian adoptees.

The Reality Of Raising African-American Boys In America

Christopher Thangaraj | Posted 10.26.2014 | Parents
Christopher Thangaraj

Despite good grades, accomplishments, pleasant manners and common sense, many of our sons are seen as aggressive or prone to violence. When they transgress, as kids will always do, they are judged on a double standard.

Do We Support Children and Families After Adoption From Foster Care? Not So Much

Adam Pertman | Posted 06.29.2014 | Impact
Adam Pertman

Preparing and supporting adoptive and guardianship families both before and after adoption not only helps to preserve and stabilize at-risk placements, but also offers children and families the best opportunity for success.

Growing Up Amid Racism In The 1970s

Tom Cramer | Posted 03.22.2014 | Fifty
Tom Cramer

Sometimes, my enthusiasm for writing has blinded me. Quite simply, I love to use words to share my experiences. If anyone tells me they've read one of my posts, I'm happy. If they say they enjoyed it, I'm thrilled. If they say they felt it like they were there, I'm floating. My pursuit of those emotions has, at times, caused me to overlook the feelings of others.

Kieran Romney and the Paradox of Transracial Adoption

Darron T. Smith, Ph.D. | Posted 03.04.2014 | Black Voices
Darron T. Smith, Ph.D.

White parents that espouse "love is enough" are, in fact, doing Black adoptees a huge disservice, potentially exposing their children to a high degree of racial identity confusion and a poor ability to effectively cope with race-based mistreatment.

Adoption and Slavery: Watching 12 Years a Slave Together

Frank Ligtvoet | Posted 02.09.2014 | Parents
Frank Ligtvoet

White parents with black kids in America are not only parents with kids; they make something visible we don't like to talk about: profound racial inequality.

Real Parents in Adoption: A Paradigm Shift

Frank Ligtvoet | Posted 02.03.2014 | Parents
Frank Ligtvoet

Of course that scary remark will come sooner or later: 'You are not even my real dad.' A child that is denied something 'utterly' important, or is 'unfairly' disciplined tries to find hurting words and comes up with the ones she or he thinks are the worst.

WATCH: People Think I Kidnapped My Son

HuffPost Live | Posted 08.28.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

As any parent knows, the playground is never just about kids playing. There are issues of race and class that often go unspoken between the parents an...

Finding Justice for Trayvon: 7 Action Steps for Our Outrage

Kristen Howerton | Posted 09.15.2013 | Black Voices
Kristen Howerton

'Now, I want you to realize... Black boys turn in to Black men. Are you prepared for that?' I remember feeling so disgusted by his question, as if he were speaking some kind of prophecy into the character and potential of my new son. My son who was six months old.

Can Love Overcome Race in Transracial Adoption?

Darron T. Smith, Ph.D. | Posted 02.28.2013 | Black Voices
Darron T. Smith, Ph.D.

The recent explosion in transracial adoptions within United States, especially by high profile celebrities, sends an inaccurate message to ordinary Americans that race, racism and the persistence of discrimination has all but faded from our national memory

Raising Culturally Responsive Black Children in White Adoptive Homes: Uncovering the importance of Code-Switching in the Battlefield of Racial Identity Development

Darron T. Smith, Ph.D. | Posted 03.31.2013 | Black Voices
Darron T. Smith, Ph.D.

Can white parents raise black children to cope and understand the viscidities of race, racism and discrimination while simultaneously developing a healthy racial identity?

The Necessity of Racial Socialization: What White Adoptive Parents of Black Children Should Know

Darron T. Smith, Ph.D. | Posted 03.23.2013 | Black Voices
Darron T. Smith, Ph.D.

Given the historical tenacity of injustice, it is vital that white adoptive parents help their children develop a positive racial identity and a strong set of coping skills. White adoptive parents of black children have a vested interest in understanding racial mistreatment.

Parents, Please Educate Your Kids About Adoption So Mine Don't Have To

Kristen Howerton | Posted 10.21.2012 | Parents
Kristen Howerton

As I strained to hear, I heard one of the kids saying, "That is NOT your real mom." I had an immediate pit in my stomach. Surely they are not ganging up on him about adoption, I thought.

Why Are So Many Celebrities Adopting Black Babies?

Kristen Howerton | Posted 08.14.2012 | Parents
Kristen Howerton

There are better questions to ask when it comes to transracial adoption and child welfare.

What I Learned About Motherhood by Being an Adoptive Parent

Kristen Howerton | Posted 07.11.2012 | Parents
Kristen Howerton

I firmly believe that it's in each child's best interest to have a loving parent whose goal is to provide the love and attention that only a family can afford.

Transracial Adoption: Is Love Enough?

Katharine Quarmby | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Katharine Quarmby

You need to know where you come from so you can get going with the rest of your life. Denying the importance of this -- as the new coalition government seems bent on doing -- isn't going to make this very human need go away.

The 2nd Journey Of A Lifetime: Visiting My Adopted Daughter's Birthplace In China

Joanne Bamberger | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Joanne Bamberger

This journey is our first return to China since we brought PunditGirl home and made her part of our family in 2001. I can't believe it's been that long; I feel like it's been a lifetime since we stepped off the plane.

About That Piece on Transracial Adoptions in the New York Times...

Deborah Douglas | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Deborah Douglas

The Asian-adoptee identity crisis reported in the Times might finally lend credence to what black social workers have been saying all along: Ethnic and racial identity matters.