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40 Ways to Increase Biculturalism – Robert O’Connor
Suggestions on how to increase the bi-culturalism of the transracial family
Books (Adult and child)
- Inside Transracial Adoption: Beth Hall and Gail Steinberg write an honest and empirically informed view of adopting transracially. An insightful read that addresses concerns, and questions to consider, personal stories and experiences by the authors, and forces the issue of white power and privilege. An important read especially for white parents adopting children of color. https://www.amazon.com/Inside-Transracial-Adoption-Strength-Based-Culture-Sensitizing/dp/184905908X
- Beyond Good Intentions: A Mother Reflects on Raising Internationally Adopted Children: A necessary read for those adopting internationally, Beyond Good Intentions is a series of essays from an author who highlights common challenges and struggles while offering practical advice to families. https://www.amazon.com/Beyond-Good-Intentions-Reflects-Internationally/dp/1597430005
- Cultures of Transnational Adoption: The authors of this thoughtful ethnography paint a picture of transnational adoption grounded in sociological, political, economic and psychological influences. As adoptive parents themselves, the authors share with the reader a deep understanding of the complexities and nuances present with adopting children across national boundaries.
- White Parents Black Children: Experiencing Transracial Adoption: Talking about race is difficult and uncomfortable. Explore the many difficult layers of transracial adoption from identity development to the problematic aspects of living in a “post-racial” society with the authors of White Parents, Black Children as they offer tools and tips on how to support transracial adoptees in their journey of self-discovery.
- The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas
- Adopted: This film centers on international adoption, the joys and deeper complexities that impact internationally adopted persons’ identities through the lens of two transracial adoptive families – one at the start of their adoption journey and one with an adult adopted child. http://www.adoptedthemovie.com/
- Struggle for Identity: 6 transracially adopted individuals share their perspectives on growing up in a white family as a person of color the challenges and implications on their lives as they age and grow. https://www.amazon.com/Struggle-Identity-Special-Michelle-Johnson/dp/B000QFBZEY
- Get Home Safely: If Stopped by the police. “Over twenty years ago, an important infographic, “10 Rules Of Survival If Stopped By The Police” was developed by David Miller, founder of “The Dare To Be King Project.” In partnership with CTS, WFYI, and Trinity UCC (on the south side of Chicago), SALT took Miller’s rules and created this Emmy nominated short film to bring this critical information to an even wider audience and to protest the fact that this film needs to be made at all.” https://vimeo.com/116706870
- CLOSURE: Angela Tucker with the support of her adoptive family and husband embarks on a journey to search for her birth parents. The film depicts the multifaceted experience of searching for birth family for this adult transracial adoptee. http://closuredocumentary.com/
- Somewhere Between: http://www.somewherebetweenmovie.com/
- Lion: With six Oscar nominations in 2016, Lion is the biographical story of a young Indian boy and his journey to his adoptive family in Australia. 25 year old Saroo, played by Dev Patel, begins to remember his past and begins a quest to search for his birth family in India. The film is heart wrenching and joyous at times and altogether a must see as it touches on mental health, family dynamics, grief and loss, and the lifelong implications of adoption. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-RNI9o06vqo
- When you Don’t Look Like Your Parents (YouTube Via Buzzfeed): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=it9u_VsIzTI
- Transracial Adoption: A Family’s Experience and Advice to Those Adopting Transracially: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTZwUks_wFE
- Struggle for Identity: Issues in Transracial Adoption + Conversations 10 years Later: http://affcny.org/programs/adoption-foster-care-videos/struggle-for-identity/ (couldn’t find link to purchase).
Online Education/ Resources
- AdoptUSKids: 7 Suggestions for a successful transracial adoption: In this article, read a list of advice and other considerations for adoptive parents on transracial adoption by adoptive parents and child welfare professionals. https://www.adoptuskids.org/adoption-and-foster-care/how-to-adopt-and-foster/envisioning-your-family/transracial-adoption
- Growing Up White (NPR Story) – https://www.npr.org/2014/01/26/266434175/growing-up-white-transracial-adoptee-learned-to-be-black?sc=17&f=10 or Holt Blog: http://holtinternational.org/blog/2014/01/transracial-adoption-and-growing-up-white/
- MN ADOPT
- The Cradle Adoption
- PACT Adoption Alliance
- Transracial And Intercountry Adoptions: Cultural Guidance for Professionals
- Children’s Understanding of Adoption: Developmental and Clinical Implications
- Project implicit: to take implicit bias tests on race, weight, age, and much more
- Colorlines: Do’s and Don’ts: Talking to kids of color about white supremacy
- theadoptedlife.com – Angela Tucker
- Transracial Adoption + Growing Up White
- Harlow’s Monkey