Intentional cross-race parenting.
Parenting a child of color brings unique and heightened considerations and responsibilities in a racialized society. In particular, because white people have not been confronted with the reality of living as a person of color, it is crucial for white parents to actively engage and educate themselves about the history and experiences of people of color in America.
Be the Bridge has recognized a need to offer white adoptive parents of children of color a clear and simplified catalogue of information. We encourage those who are beginning their transracial adoptive journey or parents who have already transracially adopted to engage with this information and connect with others on similar journeys.
Fostering healthy racial-ethnic identity.
Although no one can fully prepare for parenthood, biological or adoptive, cross-race parenting presents additional challenges and considerations. Unfortunately, many white parents enter transracial adoption ill-equipped to deal with the racial realities their child will face.
Imagine being asked to pilot an airplane without first having any training or knowledge on how to fly or what you will face in the air. We cannot fathom such a life or death scenario but well-meaning white parents often parent their children of color without any knowledge on how to foster healthy racial-ethnic development or an understanding of the complex racial climate their children will face living in the U.S.
In our Transracial Adoption Guide, you will:
• Gain a deeper understanding of the complexities of transracial adoption
• Learn from first-person adult adoptee accounts about their experiences growing up in a multi-ethnic family
• Increase your racial literacy and explore the ethics of adoption
• Learn skills that will help your child form a positive racial-ethnic identity
• Learn how to facilitate positive racial-ethnic socialization
• Understand how to protect and prepare your child to live in a world where race has social implications
We hope this tool will be useful for you, your family, and, most importantly, your child.
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