Great Link about Identity

I just had to share this link to an article about helping adoptees develop healthy identities. www.pbs.org/parents/experts/archive/2010/11/helping-adoptive-children-find.html

The article is written by Chris Winston, mother of three grown children two of whom are adopted and author of A Euro-American on a Korean Tour at a Thai Restaurant in China, and Deann Borshay Liem, who has produced two documentaries about her adoption including In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee. I have great respect for both of these women.

This is short little article about making connections–deep, meaningful, lasting ones–with members of our children’s ethnic group, and gives some advice in how to go about meeting and making friends within these groups. It’s a message is that I feel is very important to interracial adoptive families, and one I fear too many families are brushing off as not necessary.

Granted, it isn’t an easy thing to do. Our son has been home for four years now and we’re still struggling to find ways to meet and make friends within our local community. But we haven’t given up; we continue to look for ways to connect in hopes of becoming a part of the community in a reciprocal way that Winston talks about.

So much of what we feel is important for our son is, we feel, in a good place right now. He has lots of friends who are adoptees, mostly transracial adoptees, and we have many friends who aren’t caucasian. We have open dialogue about race and adoption with him. But we do feel that the piece of the puzzle that’s missing is being friends with more Korean Americans and doing more to be a part of that community.

So I encourage you to check out the article. It’s good advice from two people who have been there.

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