Raising a Child of Another Race
Here’s an interesting article that talks about the challenges of raising a child who is of a different race than the adoptive parents.
“Acknowledging that transracial parenting is an inexact science, we’ve learned some important lessons along the way. Diversity is not enough. Diversity is good, just not enough, if it does not include someone a child can identify with directly. We live in a very diverse community, with neighbors from China, Samoa, Japan, Vietnam, Hawaii, the Philippines and Korea, but our biracial son does not find himself reflected in any one of them. Being with non-whites is not enough; transracially adopted kids need people like themselves in their lives. Choosing a certain barber, babysitter, or Cub Scout troop can influence a child’s sense of himself. “
Read the entire article here: Raising a Child of Another Race
Originally written by: Jana Wolff. “Raising a Child of Another Race.” Adoptive Families Magazine, March/April 2000.