Transracial adoption

Brown emoticons hit the market

Brown emoticons hit the market

A company based in Mauritius, an island nation off the southeast coast of Africa, has created brown emoticons that can be uploaded for free from the Google Play store. For now they are compatible with external apps like WhatsApp and Twitter. Oju Africa created the emojis to counter the limited ethnicities available on Apple’s iPhones […]

By April 1, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
The politics of interracial friendships

The politics of interracial friendships

My best friend at 9 was white — but interracial friendships later became a struggle. Here’s why everything changed By Brittney Cooper, Salon A recent Reuters/Ipsos poll, which found that 40 percent of white people and 25 percent of nonwhite people have no friends of the opposite race, caused me to reflect deeply on the […]

By March 21, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
How to parent your adopted child

How to parent your adopted child

To celebrate Adoption Month, MK MetroKids wrote an interesting article providing tips on how to parent an adopted child. The painstaking process of adoption demands so much time and effort, it’s not unusual for adoptive moms and dads to put their practical parenting concerns on the back burner. This fact can lead to anxiety in that crucial post-adoption […]

By March 17, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Build Self-Esteem in Black Girls

Build Self-Esteem in Black Girls

I love the advice in the article below about empowering our black girls and making them feel powerful and beautiful. If we affirm our little girls in these ways, they will feel more beautiful and secure in themselves and their looks. I found this article on Baby & Blog 1. Daily Affirmations. Give lots of praise […]

By March 5, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Racism and mixed race families

Racism and mixed race families

Here’s an interesting New York Times story and video about a mixed race family that was created through adoption and marriage. It’s a beautiful story about one family focusing on love and relationships rather than race, and the struggles they have with racism. It shows that we’ve got a long way to go in terms […]

By October 13, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
How do you define nice?

How do you define nice?

Paula O’Laughlin is a Korean adoptee who is the mother of two children, one of whom was adopted from Korea. She has written a post on a topic I have been thinking about for quite a while: How to teach our adopted children that they don’t always have to be “nice.” She gives adoptive parents […]

By October 26, 2010 7 Comments Read More →
How important is race? Interview with American author Carolyn Vines

How important is race? Interview with American author Carolyn Vines

Carolyn Vines is a black American woman who married a Dutch man and settled in the Netherlands. The mother of two bi-racial children, she says she spent years of her life trying to shed preconceived “American” notions of what a black women should be. She chronicles her journey in a book Black and (A)broad, Traveling […]

By October 18, 2010 0 Comments Read More →
Book review: Rosie’s Family, An Adoption Story

Book review: Rosie’s Family, An Adoption Story

I’ve got a half a dozen children’s books on adoption, but this is the one my 5-year-old daughter likes the most. A frank book that addresses interracial adoption, Rosie’s Family tells the story of a beagle who was adopted as a puppy by a family of schnauzers.  It was written to be used primarily as […]

By October 16, 2010 1 Comments Read More →
My right not to tell

My right not to tell

The New York Times’ Motherlode section has an excellent story by Ilie Ruby, an adoptive mother of three children from Ethiopia. She talks about how she deals with personal questions about her children’s life stories. Read the entire story on the NYT’s website. Everyone wants to know the story of how we adopted three children […]

By October 12, 2010 0 Comments Read More →