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 going to focus our conversations on some of the complexities and considerations of transracial adoptions.
During this first February Forum, we’ll discuss some things families should consider prior to adopting a child of a different race. Many adoptive families say that race is not a consideration in their adoption decision, because they will love their adopted child regardless of race. But for the youth being adopted, maintaining a connection to their culture and heritage is critical to thriving in a family. It’s up to us as adoptive families to ensure that we have thought through the implications of bringing a child of a different race into our home, from how extended family will respond to identifying and cultivating a diverse community of support.
If you’ve been matched with a child of a different race, feel free to join us to share your insights. If you haven’t yet been matched with a waiting child, we hope you’ll join us for this meaningful, respectful dialogue about one of the most important topics facing both adoptive families and adopted youth alike.
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.