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.