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When Family and Friends React Negatively to Transracial Adoption

If you've encountered situations like these, how have you responded?

Lita Jordan November 20, 2017

“Blood doesn’t make a family,” the popular adoption meme reads. How very true and poignant in the adoption community. Bringing a new child into your family, as joyous as that time may be, can lead to internal struggle within your family and friend groups, especially in cases of transracial adoption.

What happens when the rest of the family does not feel the same? What happens when society’s opinions and prejudice begin to affect your child? As we have seen in shows like, “This is Us,” unfortunately not all family members are quick to get on board and may treat children of another race differently.

I reached out on social media to some of my fellow transracial adoptive parents and asked for their experiences encountering racism within their own families. The following is a collection of stories they shared with me.

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Lita Jordan

Lita Jordan is a master of all things "home." A work-from-home, stay-at-home, homeschooling mother of five. She has a BA in Youth Ministry from Spring Arbor University. She is married to the "other Michael Jordan" and lives on coffee and its unrealistic promises of productivity. Lita enjoys playing guitar and long trips to Target. Follow her on Facebook.


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