Resources For the Realities of Transracial Adoption

AGCI is committed to supporting our families through the lifelong journey of adoption. That means walking with families through both the joyful and the painful parts of adoption–we refuse to shy away from difficult conversations.

We know it isn’t always easy to talk about race. However, these conversations are essential–particularly for families whose skin-tones might not “match.” We’ve compiled a few resources below to get the conversation going. As always, we’re here. Please reach out if you have any questions or if we can help your family in any way.

ADOPTEE VOICES

The Realities of Raising a Kid of a Different Race

If You’re Color Blind, How Do You See Me?


PARENT PERSPECTIVES 

Behavior is the Language of Unmet Needs

The Talk: Revealing the Realities of Racism to My African-American Child

Race and Identity in Transracial Adoption- Suggestions for Adoptive Parents

 

STARTING THE CONVERSATION ABOUT RACE: BOOKS FOR FAMILIES BEGINNING THEIR ADOPTION JOURNEYS

Cultures of Transnational Adoption

Culture Keeping: White Mothers, International Adoption, and the Negotiation of Family Differences

Inside Transracial Adoption

In Their Own Voices: Transracial Adoptees Tell Their Stories

Black Baby White Hands: A View from the Crib

Weaving a Family: Untangling Race and Adoption

Children Just Like Me

To Be a Kid

Children from Australia to Zimbabwe: A Photographic Journey Around the World

If the World Were a Village: A Book About the World’s People

Material World: A Global Family Portrait

All the Colors We Are: Todos los colores de nuestra piel—The Story of How We Get Our Skin Color

 

EXPLORE MORE 

https://www.colorlines.com/articles/readers-sound-race-conscious-parenting-and-adoption

https://onlinepsych.pepperdine.edu/blog/empowering-adopted-children-of-color-in-the-face-of-racism/

https://www.pactadopt.org/app/servlet/documentapp.DisplayDocument?DocID=445

https://www.npr.org/2020/06/03/869071246/how-white-parents-can-talk-to-their-kids-about-race

https://www.zerotothree.org/resources/1598-racism-and-violence-using-your-power-as-a-parent-to-support-children-aged-two-to-five

https://childmind.org/article/racism-and-violence-how-to-help-kids-handle-the-news/

https://www.tolerance.org/magazine/its-never-too-early-to-talk-about-race

https://www.cultofpedagogy.com/social-justice-resources/

https://www.cradle.org/blog/what-we-learned-our-children-raising-black-children-across-racial-lines-roundtable

https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2018/08/america-soured-on-my-multiracial-family/567994/

https://www.yesmagazine.org/social-justice/2018/02/14/what-happens-when-white-parents-adopt-black-children-and-move-to-black-neighborhoods/