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Adoption Education

Race : Isaac Etter


Joined by moderator Shanyce Henley and panelist Nam Holtz, Isaac takes a deep-dive into the intersection of race and adoption, providing adult adoptees, adoptive parents, and adoption professionals an unvarnished look at some of the challenges inherent in building a multi-racial family. The Activism in Adoption Education Series is a safe place in which the adoption community can come together, hear perspectives that differ from their own lived experiences, and ask questions they might not otherwise have a place to ask.

In the adoption community, while it is true that more and more people are beginning to unpack what it means for white adoptive parents to parent a Black child, nobody is talking about what it means for a Black mom to place a child with those white parents.  As our moderator Shanyce speaks about her own experiences of being a Black mother and placing with a white family, it is abundantly clear that this is the first time many in our audience have heard transracial adoption told from her point of view. Nam also joins the session as a panelist, elevating the adoption narrative around transracial adoption, which is typically centered on white parents with Black children, leaving out international adoptees from at least a dozen countries, Native American adopted children, and every adoptee who doesn’t share a race or ethnicity with their adopted family, and their stories are crucial for every member of the adoption triad to hear.

Below are some of the transracial adoption resources recommended by Isaac:

Adoption-Informed Therapist

Cam Lee Small, MS, LPCC  (also on Facebook, and Instagram)

Facebook Group

Transracial Adoption


Hannah Matthews, M.S.Ed - Hey TRA (also on Instagram)

Ibram X. KendiHow to raise kids to be anti-racist and talk to them about racism

Books - Adults

The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism, by Jemar Tisby

30 books to help you talk to your kids about racism

How To Be An Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi (Also Instagram)

The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein

Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People by Mahzarin Banaji and Anthony Greenwald

Books – Kids

This Book Is Anti-Racist by Tiffany M. Jewell (also Instagram)

Anti-Racist Baby by Ibram X. Kendi (also Instagram)

Viola Desmond Won’t Be Budged by Jody Nyasha Warner

Activism in Adoption Education: Chapter 1, Session 2

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