The Transracial Family Experience: Adoption in Real Life
August 18, 2017
Hosted by Micah Johnson
There are plenty of books, websites, and wonderfully well-meaning people that will try to provide support and advice to transracial parents when raising children of color. We know that adopted children of color need to know their own culture and have a diverse community of folks around them. When this doesn't happen, these kids can feel insecure, lonely and isolated. But when it does, children grow up with a strong sense of who they are which can transcend every aspect of their lives in the most positive way. As parents, you want to raise strong and racially competent children, but how do you accomplish that? You want "Real Life" strategies and solutions. Where do you start? There's no "How to Manual". Well, how about we create one for your family?. In today's episode well discuss the top five strategies parents raising black and brown children can do now to transform their lives and raise Strong, Happy and Confident Children of Color.
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Becoming a parent is life changing. Creating your family through adoption can add additional twists and turns to your journey. On “Adoption Unscripted,” we create a safe place for families on that journey to "unpack" all they’ve encountered along the way. We have real life conversations with parents, adoptees, first families and industry professionals who bring the amazing experience of adoption to life. We create real life strategies when parents get stuck, unravel myths, inform parents of the wonderful resources, and introduce them to experts and advocates in the field.
I have worked directly with children and families for over 25 years. I have created and implemented family-centric programs in both the private and public sectors for law enforcement, public schools, colleges, nonprofits and government agencies. I have designed mentorship programs, experiential education programs and written curriculum for at risk youth. In 2010, I co-founded Anywhere Childcare. We work with the US Military to provide family programs for the children of deployed soldiers in the National Guard and reserves nationwide. Our programs focus on creating strong bonds to ensure the families stay connected during deployment. Two years ago, I started Seeing Color, a consulting and coaching business. I work one-on-one with parents who have adopted transracially. We also have a community where we host family activities, workshops, and educational opportunities. Together we work on the complex and sometimes challenging aspects of raising children of a different race, mostly African-American children in today's racially charged world.