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Don’t forget November is National Adoption Awareness Month. This year, the focus is on older youth adoption. Clearly, we never outgrow the need for family. In this spirit, special discounts are offered to help families either explore adopting an older child or better meet the needs of the child they are already parenting.
We would like to inform you that a revised Form I-600, Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative and Form I-600A, Application for Advance Processing of an Orphan Petition, are now available for use.
Applicants may begin using the revised forms today. Applicants may continue to use other previously accepted versions until March 23, 2015, at which point only the most current version will be accepted.
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- Love your kids with your whole heart. Love may not be everything, but it is a great step in the right direction.
- Let your children know that you are always open to talking about adoption and race by bringing these topics up periodically. Look for opportunities in your everyday life where race or genetics or adoption comes up naturally.
- Every so often, check in with your child to see what they are experiencing with adoption and with transracial adoption. Don’t assume they will tell you on their own even if you are receptive to the conversation.
- It is easier if you adopt more than one child of color. Having someone else in the family of your race makes life easier.
- Hang out with other mixed race families. Your children need to see that there are other families that look like theirs. It is all the better if some of these families are also adoptive families.
The real experts on adoption are the people who have lived the experience—adoptees. What do young adult transracial adoptees say are the most important things white parents must teach their black kids to keep them safe in this racial world we live in?
Whenever we hear a case such as the killing of Trayvon Martin or Michael Brown (or the local cases of police violence against young black men that never make the national news) every parent of a black son wonders what they can do to make certain that their child doesn’t become a statistic. White parents of African American children have the added disadvantage of teaching their children about a situation they likely haven’t experienced.
For example, on a recent Creating a Family radio show on Interracial Adoptive Parenting: White Parents with Brown Children, the guest said many black parents know that in order to get their driver’s license their children, especially their sons, must not only know the basics of how to drive a car, change a tire, and avoid other crazy drivers, they must also understand what it means to DWB (Drive While Black). As parents they have the added responsibility of making sure their sons can control their temper and stay respectful and safe even in situations that seem/are very unfair.
On a Creating a Family show with a panel of young adult African American and Haitian American adoptees, I asked what their parents did to prepare them to live safely in today’s world and what they would recommend for this current generation of transracial adoptive parents and children. They gave the following five suggestions.
New Week. New Specials.
You Asked. We Listened.
We asked what adoption-related topics you wanted to learn more about. We’re taking that feedback to inform our 2015 webinars and courses.
In the meantime, this week’s specials for National Adoption Awareness Month feature three courses and/or webinars that tie into the topics you identified.
THIS WEEK’S SPECIALS
3 of our Most Popular Courses & Webinars
This Week, Purchase:
Course: Adopted: The Identity Project. Real People Real Stories. Real Insight.
FEATURED PRICE: $15 – Buy Now
Recorded Webinar: Tired of Timeouts. Discipline, Attachment, & Adoption.
FEATURED PRICE: $10 – Buy Now
Recorded Webinar: Is It An Adoption Thing?
FEATURED PRICE: $10 – Buy Now