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What Transracially Adopted Children Need from Their Parents


Over the years adult adoptees have shared with us that love is not enough when parenting a child of another race. Through learning research on adult adoptee racial and adoption identity; hearing perspectives of adult adoptees, adoptive parents, and adoption professionals; and hearing VanderWoude’s own experiences as a racial minority in a Caucasian family and community, attendees will quickly learn what transracially adopted children need from their parents. Additionally, this session will prepare parents for experiences and conversations their children will encounter, provide practical tools and concepts to support a child’s racial identity, and leave attendees more knowledgeable and acutely aware of their important role as parents and allies of transracially-adopted children.

Presenter: Tara VanderWoude, BSW