A Guide for Transracial Families to Instill Racial and Ethnic Pride

It's essential for transracial families to help each child feel confident in who they are and where they came from.

Shelley Skuster April 28, 2015

Transracial adoption isn’t for everyone.

While many families appreciate the diversity, culture, and unique relationships that transracial adoption brings, parents who choose transracial adoption may find themselves grappling with opposition. Racism, intrusive questions, and negativity from family members, friends, and complete strangers compose some of that opposition. Transracial adoption brings specific struggles unique to this type of adoption. Even though transracial families face opposition outside of the home, no struggle overpowers the love and security parents give to their families.

Here are six ways that transracial families can develop children with ethnic and racial heritage and pride.

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Shelley Skuster

Shelley is a former award-winning television journalist who traded in suit coats and red lipstick for a messy bun and yoga pants. She's a freelance writer who stays at home with her three daughters who are all ((gasp)) under the age of three and came to her via adoption and birth. She's the woman behind the blog Shelley Writes, and she can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.


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