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If any of you are interested in exploring transracial adoption, here are a few suggestions that you may find helpful.
Both of these books are a must-read:
I'm Chocolate, You're Vanilla
Here are a few sites, too:
A site dedicated to transracial adoption.
A site that explores multicultural and transracial adoption.
A site aboiut transracial and transcultural adoption with good biracial adoption info.
One of my favorite sites about black hair and beauty and cultural repercussions. Includes a beautiful poem by Langston Hughes.
A site dedicated to black culture.
A site about multicultural issues.
There are also many useful groups on yahoo.com dealing with interracial families, transracial adoption, etc.
Please remember that to most of America, even if you do adopt a biracial child, s/he will be seen as black, not biracial. This is something I learned after exploring transracial adoption in detail--seems odd to some, but usually true.
Favorite Book: "Does Anybody Else Look Like Me? A Parent's Guide to Raising Multiracial Children" by D. Jackson Nakazawa--Addresses the special questions & concerns facing both transracial adoptive families & bio families, explaining how parents can best prepare multiracial children of all ages to make their way confidently in a color-conscious world.
"I can't take credit for the face, but I will take credit for the smile."
"Truth is the cure for ignorance. Stupidity, however, is terminal."
There is a great womens\moms group that is just for birth moms, adoptive moms, foster moms, grandmothers. Any women taking care of a biracial child is welcome to join this free forum!! Join today and share you up and downs and your everyday stories. Click the link and join today.
If it does not click just paste it in your browser.
Last edited by BrandyHagz : 02-13-2005 at 03:27 PM.
Thank you for all the links. We are a CC family with 5 little girls. Our Addy is only 3 months old but will most likely grow up the only brown skinned child in our family. I have two AA first cousins and have always been around and socialized with African Americans and now that we are in the Northeast - there are a large number of Kenyans that are coming to live in our area. Right now I have such a rosey picture about Addy's life, it breaks my heart to think she wil experience prejudice and racism in her life. I know I will do everything I can to educate myself and raise her to love herself from the inside out. Thanks again!
P.S. A while ago someone recommended a book on
AA hair and the different styles. Right now Addy is as bald as a little billiard ball so I have some time before I need to fix her hair - I'd love to get the book now though - let me know if you've heard of it.
there are two hair books that I know of and like:
one is called Kinki kreations by Jena Williams
and the other is It's all Good Hair by Michelle Collison.
I like both. there are photos, discussions of what and what not to do and nice hair styles. both are available at amazon.com and other online hair sellers.
hope one of these is the one you're looking for .
-first time amom to dd, born 7/7/04
-placed in our arms by a very loving bmom 7/9/04
-bfather's rights terminated 9/7/04
-just connected with bdad!!! 2/9/05
-visited bfamilies for a week, awesome trip 6/05
-bfather signed legally binding open adoption
-finalized (woohoo!) 18th of November 2005
-Thinking about adoption #2!
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