Transracial Parenting

The objective of this curriculum is to help you understand the unique aspects of transracial and transcultural adoptive parenting, to create an awareness of the racism your child will face, and to provide information and resources to help your child develop a positive racial identity.  Holt has learned from research and speaking with adoptees of all ages that many adoptive parents lacked adequate preparation around issues of racism and the importance of adoptee identity.  We want you to be comfortable talking about tough issues with your child in order to wholeheartedly advocate for your child when he or she encounters issues of racism and adoption discrimination.

This section of the curriculum is set up differently than other chapters of Holt’s Parents in Process pre-adoption education.  We will use webinars, videos, and articles to help educate you about issues related to race, adoption, and language.  At the end of each section, we’ve prepared questions to help you reflect on the work you’ve done.  We ask that each parent think about the supplemental questions separately and then discuss them as a couple.

This portion of the curriculum is intended to challenge you, and perhaps take you outside of your comfort zone, in the hope that the information will provide you with tools to navigate through the complexities of being a transracial and transcultural family.  Please let your social worker know if you have any questions, or would like additional information as you prepare for your child’s arrival into your family.

Outline of the Transracial Curriculum

  1. Things to consider when adopting transracially
  2. Identity Project
  3. Privilege
  4. Communication
  5. Resources