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.”

Raising Black Boys to Become Black Men
When it comes to the police, many white people have the “If you’re not doing anything wrong, you’ve got nothing to worry about,” attitude. While true for most white people, this couldn’t be further from the truth for black people when it comes to police interactions. Thus, consider the problems with applying this axiom to young black men raised within the privileged and protective walls of white parentage. On one hand, they have the skin color America often sees as dangerous and criminal-minded; on the other hand, they have the nature, being, and knowing of a white person. Taken together, these can be a lethal combination.

This important workshop will explore the significant challenges associated with white parents raising black boys in a world where black skin alone is often seen as sufficient probable clause. It will also provide tips and strategies on engaging your sons in continuous and ongoing, albeit uncomfortable, conversations around what it means to be both black and male in America. Participants will also have the opportunity to develop potentially lifesaving prevention and engagement plans regarding police encounters.

During this course you will learn about:

  • Transracial Adoption
  • Interacting with law enforcement and other authorities
  • Navigating schools and other social environments
  • The black male’s premature transition into adulthood
  • The importance of adult black male mentorship and when and how to seek it out
  • Talking to children and adolescents about race/racism/policing
  • The differences between white parents raising black boys and black parents raising black boys
  • Preparing your sons for life outside the privileged and protective walls of white parentage

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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