The Public Face

Pass It On

February 17, 2011

Many outside the transracial family’s inner and closely related outer circle don’t see a family. They see mismatched adults and children, typically white parents and non-white kids. On top of that, even in today’s efforts to be “politically correct,” many people miss the mark by making insensitive comments or asking intrusive questions, although sometimes well-meaning, […]

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Reflections: Ten Years

December 7, 2010

Note: I write this post with my “parent hat” on, instead of my “educator hat—” although that hat is always with me… 2010 has is only weeks away from being over. We move into a new decade, full of hope opportunity and promise. This year I again filled out a census for our family. In […]

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Advocacy: Mentoring

November 23, 2010

I believe the message for this year’s National Adoption Month, “You don’t have to be perfect to be a perfect parent,” is spot-on. While the process to be approved to adopt a child is nothing short of intrusive it is necessary for the well-being and safety of the child. The purpose of the “vetting” process is […]

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National Adoption Month: A Time for Awareness

November 8, 2010

November used to be the break between a busy fall and even busier holiday season, the month when Mother Nature hadn’t made up her mind about what she had in store for the near future. Was she going to tease a little bit more out of summer or inflict winter early? November was about less daylight, […]

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Does Your Child Have a Teacher New to Adoption?

September 13, 2010

Inspired by my friend and collegue Jenny Kales, aka “The Nut-free Mom,” who wrote a wonderful post about having a teacher who has not dealt with allergies, I’ve written on how adoptive parents can approach teachers who have little or no exposure to adoption.  Here’s what you can do: Introduce yourself, preferably person-to-person. You can write a […]

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Warrior Parenting

March 29, 2010

Did you truly understand that when you chose adoption as a means of creating your family that you would become so involved in advocacy?  Your introduction began early with the home study process, justifying to private agencies and governments why you should be recognized as a good candidate for parenting a child…something you would never […]

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