How To Help Your Transracially Adopted Child Be Proud Of Their Heritage

All children should grow up being proud of who they are and where they come from,

Rachel Skousen September 30, 2017

All children should grow up being proud of who they are and where they come from, but this is particularly important for children who are transracially adopted. They’re growing up with family members who don’t look like them and are from a different culture. This can be very “othering.” At the same time, it’s important that adoptive parents don’t tokenize their child’s heritage, or inadvertently reinforce racist stereotypes. For example, if you adopt a child from China, skip the panda and bamboo nursery decor, and if you adopt a child from Africa, steer clear of stocking their room with jungle-themed stuffed animals.

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Rachel Skousen

Rachel has a long-held passion for adoption that was sealed through her work as the content manager at Adoption.com. She currently works as a content specialist at Adopting.org, finding and sharing amazing adoption content from across the web. She is a mom of three and loves reading and napping in her spare time.


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