Ripped from the Headlines: Talking with Transracially Adopted Children about Race
Our country is far from a “post-racial” society, as recent events demonstrate. How can parents and other adults talk with children about race and racism? How is the conversation different depending on the race of the child and parent? How does the conversation need to be different depending on the age of the child? This webinar offers practical guidance for parents and professionals on how to create and sustain developmentally appropriate conversations about race in the context of racism and its intersection with transracial adoption. The emphasis of this presentation will be on acknowledging that race matters, keeping lines of communication open, being honest about the challenges, and understanding the effects of the current racial landscape on both children and adults. We will discuss how to talk about race with young children in ways that avoid setting them up as victims, handling real fears (for both parents and adults) and make suggestions for how to interpret and respond to children’s anger and/or denial in the face of racialized events. We will discuss the intersection of race and adoption that is inherent to the transracial adoption experience and make concrete suggestions for conversations and actions parents can initiate and take. Enter this judgment free zone to learn more practical ways to address the racial divide in America with the adopted children of color in our lives.
Participants will be able to:
Describe four types of racism and understand how they impact adults and children.
Explain the difference between race, culture and ethnicity.
Give examples of privilege and how it applies in the context of transracial adoption.
Identify stereotypes, cultural appropriation and macroaggressions relevant to adopted children of color.
Utilize an action plan for how to talk with children about race and racism including painful truths, violence, incarceration and immigration.
Create an action plan for interrupting racism.
Instructor: Beth Hall
Date: January 25, 2017
Time: 11am Pacific time
Experience: Beth Hall is an adoption educator who, co-founded Pact, An Adoption Alliance, which is a multicultural adoption organization dedicated to addressing essential issues affecting adopted children of color. Pact offers lifelong support and placement services for birth and adoptive families with adopted kids of color. A national speaker, she is also the author of numerous articles and a book, Inside Transracial Adoption, which is filled with personal stories, practical suggestions, and theory, and delivers the message that race matters, racism is alive, and families built transracially can develop strong and binding ties.
$35.00 per person non-member
Special Pricing Pact members Receive 65% discount.
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