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 Prospective Adoptive Parenting
Parenting is hard work; parenting a child of another race, culture, or ethnicity is even harder. This course seeks to equip prospective adoptive parents with information, tools, and suggestions. Course work will also include pre-adoption self, family, and environmental assessments. The course aims to prepare prospective parents to better understand and appreciate all that comes with not only adopting but also raising a transracial child. As a result, prospective adoptive parents can make a more informed decision as to whether transracial adoption is right for them and, more importantly, whether they, their family, and their environment the right fit for a child of a different race.

During this course you will learn about:

  • Transracial Adoption
  • Multiple adoption readiness assessments
  • The importance of seeing color and the limitations of love
  • The importance of, and how to obtain, pre-existing cultural competency
  • Creating and growing healthy and happy transracial families
  • Navigating schools, family, and other social environments
  • Coming-of-age non-white, in spaces where white is the default identity
  • The impact of honorary white privileges and protections on transracial adoptees
  • Dealing with diverse and conflicting experiences, not faced by same race families
  • 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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