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WEBINAR: What Adopted Children Ages Six to Nine years old (and their Parents) Need to Know
What Adopted Children Ages Six to Nine years old (and their Parents) Need to Know At Different Ages
Parents of adopted kids often ask, “Why is my child acting like that? Is it because of development? Adoption? Race? Something else?” In a society which values sameness and fitting-in above all else, parents must help their children deal with the reality of adoptism and/or racism in order to teach them not to become victims to it. Children need to deal with the feelings of loss and anxiety that are often part of the adoption experience while at the same time fighting for the legitimacy and enduring status of their family.
Kids this age see themselves in terms of what they can do, and begin to compare themselves to their peers. Since this is the age that teasing begins, having differences in their family structure and/or racial identification can sometimes create conflict; school assignments can set them up for emotional conflicts. Children at this age use their developing conceptual skills to try to figure out how and why adoption happened to them, making this a critical time for parents to understand and engage in deepening conversations about identity.
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.
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