This is a good reminder for adoptive parents or prospective adoptive parents.
The messages that are intended aren’t always the messages that are received. Below I have complied 5 myths followed by the truths and the messages these myths send.
1) MYTH: Acknowledging race conflicts with the message we as a transracial family want to send to our transracial adoptee. Race doesn’t matter to us.
TRUTH: Acknowledging the obvious differences and talking about them helps prove that it doesn’t matter to you. Ignoring the obvious difference makes the transracial adoptee question just how much race matters. To which some will conclude race matters too much because no one is willing to tackle it or explain it. Therefore, race should only be seen and not heard. As a child of color, should I too only be seen and not heard?
2) MYTH: When our transracial adoptee is ready to talk about race and adoption HE/SHE will bring it up.
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