Family Forums are held on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month, and are intended to be a time of education, constructive dialogue, and support. Occasionally, topics of particular interest may also be discussed during a lunch hour forum.
A recent study found that at least 40% of all adoptions in the US are transracial, meaning that the adoptive family & adopted child are of different races. This month, in honor of Black History Month, we’re focusing our conversations on some of the complexities and considerations of transracial adoptions.
Building on the insights from our previous February Forum, we’ll continue our dialogue about transracial adoption — but we’ll be focusing more specifically on those families who have already been matched with a transracial placement. It’s critically important to help the adopted child maintain a connection to their culture and heritage. But how do you do that on a practical level? What does it mean to maintain that connection, especially if you live in an area where there are limited diverse resources? We’ll talk about why this is so important, and discuss ways that families can ensure they’re keeping their child’s culture front and center.
While this Forum may be most appropriate for families who have already been matched with a child of a different race, we hope all families will join us!
All Recommended families will receive an email inviting them to register for upcoming Forums. If you are Recommended and have not received an email invitation, please contact us at iap@fireflyIN.org. If you are not Recommended with Indiana Adoption Program, but are a licensed foster parent, have recently adopted or are in the process of finalizing an adoption and would like to participate, please email your request to your local adoption consultant.