Online Registration Closed
What Adopted Children (and their parents) Need To Know- Ages 2-5 years old
What Adopted Children (and their parents) Need To Know
Ages 2-5 years old
Preschoolers are very concrete thinkers. They are just beginning to learn about things like “same and different” and are beginning to apply their new ideas and understandings to everything, including friends and family. For this age group, the idea of “difference” doesn’t bring with it the uncomfortable feelings that it can evoke in parents. When a child learns that another child was adopted by his or her parents, they usually process it as just another piece of information. When they notice racial features and differences, they are simply categorizing as they are learning to do with shapes and colors. Parents and adults have a wonderful opportunity to introduce preschoolers to the full range of family structures and racial/ethnic diversity in a fun and constructive way. Being careful to use respectful adoption, race and identity language can set the stage for these kids to view their own identity - or their classmate’s – in a positive way.
Beth Hall is the white adoptive mother of a Latina daughter and an African American son (both now young adults), and grew up with an adopted sister. She co-founded Pact in 1991 to combat the discrimination she witnessed against adopted children of color and their birth families. Since that time, she has facilitated the placement of over 1000 infants of color into strong, loving homes. She is the co-author, with Gail Steinberg, of the book Inside Transracial Adoption, as well as numerous articles on adoption and race. She is a nationally known advocate for adopted children of color who regularly lectures and leads workshops on ethical, non-racist adoption practices. In 2010 she received the Outstanding Practitioner in Adoption Award from the Adoption Initiative at St. John's University.
$50/ per person
Pact members receive a 15% discount to workshop registrations
Please choose carefully when registering for Pact events. Pact is not in a position to refund workshop or event registration fees.