18
May
09

A Transracial Adoptee’s Bill of Rights

What do you think transracially-adopted children should expect from their adoptive families? Is love enough? Does just loving the child cover all of the trama that child has experienced? Do you even buy into the thought that adopted children have experienced trama?

I used to think love was enough. I used to think that if adopted children had issues their adoptive parents must have treated them differently from biological siblings. I used to think that race issues were a thing of the past. Then I become the parent of a transracially-adopted child.

We’d been in the adoption process for about three weeks when we attended our prospective adoptive parent class. It was two intense days of learning how children of color feel growing up in white homes that are located in predominately white communities. And it was an eye-opener for me and my husband.

That class was just the beginning of our education about adoption, cultural and racial identity, and racism. I’m guessing that education will continue now for the rest of my life. But, as I’ve noted before, not every family built through transracial adoption feels the way we do about what we’ve learned. Many families do believe that love will be enough to cover the trama and that racism isn’t something that their children will have to deal with.

So I wanted to bring attention to a Web site that has an amazing amount of information and resources for parents of transracially-adopted children. Pact is an adoption alliance that provides adoption services for children of color with a focus on those children building connections with their birth cultures.  On their site is posted what they call A Transracially-Adopted Child’s Bill of Rights. In fact, the site’s press page has an array of articles that are great resources for adoptive parents.

I understand that children aren’t the same and what’s needed by one child isn’t always needed by another. But based on research and experiences of past transracial adoptees, I think there are some things that the majority of our children need. And the transracially-adopted child’s bill of rights lays out a wonderful road map to help adoptive parents on this journey.


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