When deciding to adopt a child of a different racial background than your own, it is hard to imagine how this will play out through the years — both for you as parents and for your child.
Different questions come up at various ages and stages. Talking about racial differences, for instance, may seem rather easy. But discussing racism and racial stereotypes could feel daunting.
And then there are the teen years. The time when many, adopted or not, same race or not, will withdraw from their parents as they try to figure things out more independently. For some transracially adopted teens, this can add a layer of what feels like culture shock as they may realize that there are varying assumptions of who they are based on what they look like. Some of these are based on their being adopted; some based on their race and ethnicity.
For this workshop, Judy Stigger, LCSW, will be joined by adult, transracially placed adopted persons as we discuss:
- How to talk about racial differences, racism and stereotypes at different ages and stages.
- Ways to stay a part of the conversation as your child explores what various aspects of their selves mean to them.
- What adoptees see that their parents did well and what they wish had been done differently.
1.5 DCFS Training Hours