Many adopted people search for answers about themselves and where they came from. The desire or need for birth family background information is understandable.
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A few months ago, the Our Children program, Raising Black Children Across Racial Lines brought together transracial adoptees and adoptive parents. Together, they discussed the unique issues brought about when white parents raise children of color. Some recurrent themes stood out ...
Last year, The Cradle hosted a roundtable as part of the Our Children initiative. Called Raising Black Girls, the roundtable addressed the complex issues involved in parenting a Black girl in today's society.
There is no fixed definition for "normal" behavior. It varies by person, time, place and situation. Challenges may crop up for your family that therapists in The Cradle’s Center for Lifelong Adoption Support (CLAS) can help you work through.
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Homeland visits can be a great way to help your child understand their roots. They can provide important information for them to craft identities around, and are experiences they will carry with them throughout their lifetime. Cradle adoption therapist Mandy Jones has some recommendations for families who are considering planning one of these trips.
The Cradle’s Our Children initiative launched in February of 2016 with the “Raising Black Boys” roundtable.
Imagine that a child refuses to hold your little boy's hand because he is Black. Imagine shopping with your 12 and 15 year old sons and having them followed throughout the store and questioned as to why they are there. Imagine a neighbor refusing to play with your daughter because she has brown skin.
The "Hope" episode of Blackish that aired this week was so powerful for me, as a person of color and as a mom. I found myself tearing up many times during and afterwards as I considered the impact I feel towards the topic of injustice and racism and my job as a mom to Black children.
The evening of February 18th was one of the highlights of my professional career. It was the kick-off event to our multi-year series Our Children, and we started with a tough topic that needs to be discussed. I couldn't be more excited!
Adoption can sometimes add a layer of complexity to lives. Interviews with adopted people reveal some common themes, common trigger points and topics of interest. Here are a few we've noticed: Figuring out what “adopted” means
It is very common for adopted children to have biological siblings who are living with their birth parents. However, for some parents (adoptive and birth parents alike), talking to their children about siblings who don't live with them can seem tricky.
The teenage years can be challenging for any child, but for some adopted teens, the prospect of growing older and potentially leaving home can sometimes add layer of complexity.
No matter what your relationship is with your adopted tween or teen’s birth family, your child may look on the Internet or social media out of curiosity for connections her birth family. If she expresses a wish to friend her birthmom on Facebook or you stumble on a Google search in progress, what should you do? Should you try to help, warn her of your concerns or disconnect your home Internet?