Middle school can be hard. Middle school can be challenging — especially as youth fight to find their true selves amidst the lunchrooms and the lockers. It can be a time of growth, pain, heartache, and self discovery.

From the important DVD, “Adopted: We Can Do Better,” this excerpt addresses transracial adoption and the middle school aged child. How do adoptive parents become allies to their adopted children? Minimizing the children’s concerns about how they are treated by peers in middle school does not add to healing and whole health. To increase self-esteem, a parent must become a solid advocate for their transracial child.