Sunday, July 22, 2018, 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Race and Adoption: A Panel Discussion
Many Caucasian families either have adopted a child or are considering adopting a child who is some part African-American. When taking into account the role of race in our society this invariably raises questions and concerns. Many adoptive families begin this journey without the benefit of having had an opportunity to hear individuals (adult adoptees and adoptive parents) talk about their experience with trans-racial adoption. This presentation is comprised of a panel which includes individuals who were adopted into Caucasian or part-Caucasian families and adoptive parents who have adopted African-American children. Panelists will share individual insights and experiences and respond to questions from the audience. Particular attention will be focused on assisting with understanding the kinds of cross-cultural issues that sometimes arise in these kinds of adoptions and things that parents can do to help themselves and their children in functioning at their best.