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two adopted girls Developing positive racial identity doesn’t just mean being strong enough to stand up against racism, it means being encouraged to own and embrace your racial/ethnic heritage with pride, including the experience of being part of a targeted group that refused to succumb to –isms, and celebrating the legacy of being victor rather than victim. Articles include research and expert advice about how children of all races learn and internalize racialized identity, as well as personal explorations of identity by people of African American, Asian, Latino, Multiracial, Indigenous and white (European) heritage in the context of transracial, international, and same-race adoption

In support of healthy identity formation, Pact offers services that support adopted children and youth, and we offer education to adoptive parents to help them understand their children’s needs. Pact offers support for adopted tweens and teens of color, and their non-adopted siblings, and we have a well-developed program for adopted children and youth of all ages at our nationally acclaimed Pact Family Camp, which is also attended by many adult adoptees. Many adopted adults get involved with our programs as speakers and mentors. Pact supports parents through our online chat groups, our educational workshops and conferences, Pact Family Camp, one-on-one consultations, and regional parent-organized affiliates in Northern California, Southern California, and throughout the U.S. Become a member of Pact to take advantage of all these resources and to receive our newsletter, Pact’s Point of View, which features many articles on the intersection of adoption, parenting, and race. Pact members receive a discount at our online bookstore, which features great reads on this topic carefully selected for both adults and kids of all ages. We also recommend blogs and other online resources that we believe have the very best advice and information for adoptive families of children of color about adoption, race, and parenting.

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Helping Your Child Develop Positive Racial Identity

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Are There Differences Between Culture, Ethnicity, and Race?

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Tips For Talking To Your Children About Race

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The Importance of Living in a Diverse Community

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What to know before Considering Transracial Adoption

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Advice for Raising Transracially Adopted Kids

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Considering Transracial Adoption Four Questions to Ask Yourself

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