Transracial Adoptive Families

Learn about the challenges of growing up as part of a transracial adoptive family and how parents and professionals can help.
Speaker/Moderator: Bridget Devine, LSW, an IAC Center Counselor with extensive clinical experience working with all adoption triad members; children, tweens and teens; general parenting and transracial adoptive family issues.

A Panel of adults who were adopted into transracial families will share their perspectives on the challenges of growing up as part of a transracial adoptive family You will learn about:

  • Adoptees perspectives on:
    • The challenges of growing up as part of a transracial adoptive family:
    • Race and identity issues at multiple points in the life cycle
    • School and Peer experiences
    • Interactions with non-adoptees from their same race or ethnic culture
    • Dating and other social relationships
    • How parents can help
    • Other sources of help
  • How parents and professionals can help:
    • Strategies to optimize self-esteem and sense of positive identity
    • Typical parental and professional blind spots
    • Models for Success

Considering how your child may feel; and examining how you feel about being part of a transracial family is a process. This workshop would best be seen as a constructive point in that journey.

Based in Pennington, NJ