Transracial Family Coaching
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“What I remember most
about that first stop
was that he asked
“Where are you headed.”
Not “license, registration
and proof of insurance,
please” - but
“Where are you headed.”

Introduction to Identity
Perhaps the greatest challenge facing parents who adopt transracially is that of shepherding their child through the complex minefield of racial identity formation, development, and maturation -- a task all the more difficult for parents unfamiliar with identity development in general and its impact on both them and their children.

This exciting and informative workshop provides an overview of identity, with an emphasis on ways in which the adoptive parents’ identities and identity development impacts that of their transracially adopted children, including an examination of *whiteness and its role in advancing, protecting, and valuing white people and spaces above others, as well as the extra burdens this places on transracial adoptees.

*‘Whiteness’ is an ideological fiction naming those properties supposedly unique to ‘white people,’ properties used to claim that they are a ‘superior race’ and the ‘norm’ by which others are judged…‘Whiteness’ is also—or above all else—a legal fiction determining the distribution of wealth, power, human rights, and citizenship among bodies denominated by this fiction.” Dr. Gregory Jay, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

During this course you will learn about:

  • Transracial Adoption
  • Self, social, and multiple identities
  • The stages of adolescent identity development
  • How parental identity impacts the transracial adoptee
  • Coming-of-age non-white, in spaces where white is the default identity
  • How unspoken traits, biases, beliefs, and assumptions help shape our identity
  • The impact of honorary white privileges and protections on transracial adoptees
  • How white skin preference operates systematically, structurally, and sometimes unconsciously as a dominant force in America

This five lesson* experiential learning course consists of a combination of narratives, essays, exercises, assessments, and a forty-five minutes video/telephonic conference. The course is designed to approach the topics through multiple lenses, while drawing most heavily from the experiences, narratives, and scholarship of adult transracial adoptees.

*In order to avoid duplicative lessons and takeaways, when checking out please mention any prior courses taken. This way I can provide you with supplemental materials.

Within twenty-four hours of your purchase you will receive a questionnaire. Once completed and returned, your first lesson will be sent. Each additional lesson will be sent out upon notification of completion of the prior lesson. The final lesson will be the video/telephonic conference. Though not a requirement, it is suggested students aim to complete courses within twelve weeks. Should you later decide to take additional courses, any duplicative lessons and/or takeaways, will be swapped out in favor of new topic specific materials.


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