Biracial, Multiracial, Interracial Identity in Adoption
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Biracial and multiracial identity is complicated by a society that insists on categorizing people by their racial group. Mixed-race children face additional identity challenges as they navigate the landscape of racial identity and racism in the context of dual loyalty, ambiguous identity, and the demand that they choose to identify with one race over another. Topics include the politics of race, personal stories of biracial identity, multicultural values and parenting strategies that promote healthy identity.
Pact makes special efforts to support interracial adoptive couples through placement services as well as post-placement support services. We have online chat groups and consultation services available specifically for same-race adoptive parents; we also have chat groups and consultations focused on the special issues inherent to transracial/transnational parenting. All adoptive parents who have already adopted (or are considering adopting) multiracial children can get involved in our educational workshops and conferences, our nationally acclaimed Pact Family Camp, 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 adoption and race 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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