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 Transracial Identity
A major, ongoing task for parents who adopt transracially is supporting their child as they undertake the task of same-race identity development. This task may be all the more difficult in a country where white people rarely give much thought or weight to identity development; for, in America, white skin is seen as the default racial identity, and thereby the “norm” by which others races are judged.

This critical workshop seeks to educate adoptive parents on the importance of their child developing a healthy transracial identity. The workshop will provide insight into identifying and addressing those inherent obstacles that accompany one’s transracial identity development.

Newly developed transracial identity development models --as well as a series of narratives, lessons, exercises, and video conferences-- will help participants gain sets of step-by-step tools to support the development of an in-depth, ongoing, and multi-level transracial identity. Application of these tools will extend beyond adolescence to the challenges so many transracial adoptees experience as they transition out of the privileged and protective walls of white parentage and into a world for which these privileges and protections have most likely ill prepared them.

During this course you will learn about:

  • Transracial Adoption
  • Various models of racial and ethnic identity development
  • How to foster identity development in less than diverse communities
  • Overcoming barriers to healthy transracial identity development
  • How growing up in white spaces impacts the adoptee’s same-race identity
  • Best practices for white parents raising children of a different racial identity
  • The role faith and houses of worship can play in same-race identity formation
  • Tips and strategies in engaging your child in ongoing, multi-level same-race engagement

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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