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The Transracial Family Experience: Adoption in Real Life

August 18, 2017
Hosted by Micah Johnson

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Episode Description

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.

Adoption Unscripted

Adoption Unscripted

Friday at 8 AM Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Variety Channel

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. Tune in to Adoption Unscripted, live every Friday at 8 AM Pacific Time on the VoiceAmerica Variety Channel.

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Micah Johnson

Micah Johnson

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.

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Episode Directory

August 2017

  • 8/18/2017: The Transracial Family Experience: Adoption in Real Life Listen Now
  • 8/11/2017: Kevin Hofmann: Growing Black in White Listen Now

July 2017

Barry Farmer


Barry Farmer is the father of 3 boys adopted from foster care. He is an advocate for children, families and the foster care system. Barry has created an online support network for parents on every stage of their foster care journey. View Guest page

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Kevin Hofmann


Kevin is an accomplished writer and public speaker who has a passion for adoption and especially transracial adoption. He has had the opportunity to speak and hold workshops with audiences all over the United States and he enjoys sharing his experiences as a biracial transracial adoptee to help other adoptive families and professionals. Hofmann lives with his wife and two sons in Toledo Ohio. View Guest page

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Shannon Murphy-Johnson


Shannon Murphy-Johnson works as a Adoption Consultant with A Step Ahead Adoption Services. She has been with A Step Ahead for over 13 years. Among Shannon’s many strengths is the passion she brings to her work, coupled with her knowledge of adoption, first and foremost as an adoptee and then as an adoptive parent. Shannon and her husband, Kenneth, have been married 25 years and live in Kansas along with their four beautiful children, two of which were brought home through the amazing experience of adoption. View Guest page

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