Race Resources

Intercountry adoptees are usually adopted into an adoptive family of a different racial/ethnic background. This means that often the adoptee lives a life removed from seeing their racial mirrors and can struggle with developing a positive sense of racial identity. Daily micro-aggressions are common.

For Professionals

In May 2022, ICAV ran a webinar panel on Lived Experience of Racism.

Being Raised by White People: Navigating Racial Difference Among Adopted Multiracial Adults by Gina Samuels

The Cultural-Racial Identity Model: Understanding the Racial Identity and Cultural Identity Development of Transracial Adoptees by Amanda Baden

The Impact of Race and Culture on Attachment Security – Part 1 & Part 2 (podcasts) by Chaitra Wirta-Leiker

Balancing Two Worlds: Supporting Transracially Adopted Asian/American Students on the College Campus by Nicholas Hartlep

Did You Ever Mind it? On Race and Adoption

What is Casual Racism? ; Everyday Racism (podcast) ; Not Your Asian Stereotype by Jessica Walton

How to Talk to Parents about Race if You’re Adopted or Multi racial

I’m not allowed to feel those things: How adoptees experience anti-Asian hate

Racism is an Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE)

Microaggressions are a Big Deal: How to Talk them out and when to Walk Away

My White Adoptive Parents Struggled to See Me as Korean. Would They Have Understood My Anger at the Rise in Anti-Asian Violence?

The Personal is Political: Racial Identity and Racial Justice in Transracial Adoption

Too Many White People Believe They Can’t be Racist if they Adopt Black Children

Research: International and Transracial Adoptee Experiences of Racism and Racial Discrimination and Personal Coping Styles

Research: The Language of Race – A Qualitative Study on Racial Identity Development of Transracial Asian American Adoptees

Research: “You were Adopted?!” An Exploratory Analysis of Microaggressions Experienced by Adolescent Adopted Individuals

Research: From Model Minority to Racial Threat: Chinese Transracial Adoptees’ Experience Navigating the COVID-19 Pandemic

ARK: Australian High Schooler Anti-Racism Kit

Peggy McIntosh’s White Privilege Papers

For Parents

Should You Consider Adopting A Child of Different Race or Ethnicity? (by Dr Gina Samuels)

How Do Transracial Adoptees Develop a Racial Identity? (by Dr Gina Samuels)

Advice to Parents adopting a Child of another Race

Connecting to People of Colour is Not Automatic for Transracial Adoptees

Talking with Kids about Race / Racism (USA based)

Be the Bridge: Intentional Cross Race Parenting

Racial Trauma Causes Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, but Post Traumatic Growth is Real

Anti Racist Adoption Course by Yoni Ejo (UK based)

Bystander Intervention Training

How you can be an Ally in the fight for Racial Justice

Raising Black Children to become Black Adults

Yes, Racism is Taught – But Not The Way You Think

The Talk – How to Speak with Children about Adoption and Race

Raising Anti-Racist Children

Be the Bridge Transracial Adoption: Foundational Principles for Healthy Cross Race Parenting (downloadable PDF)

To White Parents with Brown Babies (Video)

Unheard (Amazon Prime documentary series giving first hand accounts of Racial Injustice in Australia)

ICAV blogs that speak about the racial issues we experience

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