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My Transracial Adoption Journey – Part 2 | Mixed Space

My Transracial Adoption Journey – Part 2 | Mixed Space | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

We didn’t set out to transracially adopt.  In fact, quite the opposite.  When you apply for adoption they give you a form with boxes to check to indicate what you’re looking for.  They give options such as age, gender, and even what disabilities or medical history you are willing to accept (such as depression or deafness).  Of course, they also include race.  This is no guarantee that this is the kid they will offer.  Their goal is to find a child as close to what you want as they can.  They’re not interested in just dumping children on people.  But you also have to understand that the more restrictive your options the longer a placement will take.

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Mixed Space-Memoirs of an Uncharacteristic Biracial Child: The world is not so black and white

Mixed Space-Memoirs of an Uncharacteristic Biracial Child: The world is not so black and white | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

Many people feel the need to write about the “black experience” in America and how challenging that can be. The “white experience” is already touched upon in history textbooks and most all of pop culture. But an uncommon topic to hear about is the “biracial experience”.  I

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Adoption, From a Native American Perspective

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“They saw poor people, Indians. My grandmother was a sheepherder, living on an Indian reservation without electricity,” Morrill said. “My relatives couldn’t speak English, so they said— ‘we don’t know if these people are your relatives or not, so we are going to take you.’”Leland was immediately removed from his home and placed with an adoptive couple looking for Native American children to foster and adopt. The day after he was adopted, the family moved to Ontario, Canada, severing all ties Leland had to his biological, Native American family.Not uncommon for the times, before 1978, when Congress passed the Indian Child Welfare Act, a very high number of Indian children were removed from their homes by public and private agencies and placed in non-Indian foster and adoptive homes or institutions....“From a human trafficking point of view, I was trafficked,” said Morrill. ...“They trained us within the Mormon ideology; they thought they were saving us. They thought they were doing the right thing, and from that perspective they were good people. But from a Native American perspective—they were not.”
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Rule No. 1: Notice Difference

Rule No. 1: Notice Difference | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
My son has taken to calling himself Black as he has learned that Black is a culture/ethnic heritage and not necessarily a skin color. At school someone overheard him say, "Cause I'm Black!
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Community Village Sites's curator insight, December 9, 2013 1:35 PM


This blog is one of the best I've run accross in speaking insightful truth about race relations. Even if you are not a parent or a transracial parent, it's still a good blog - quality insightful writing from a mom who is a great asset to our community of truth tellers and oppression fighters.


In this article she explains that it's not racist to notice physical difference. However, when someone mentions race when it's not relevant to the story or when they try to spin the story to demonize a certain group, that is racist. 


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The Unsugar-Coated Version of Adoption

The Unsugar-Coated Version of Adoption | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
A few days ago for Adoption Awareness month, I posted about adopting my son. It was a truthful post from the deepest part of me. But there is another post that I didn't share at the time, the…
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My Transracial Adoption Journey – Part 4 | Mixed Space

My Transracial Adoption Journey – Part 4 | Mixed Space | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
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Transracial Adoption – Finding One’s Truth

Transracial Adoption – Finding One’s Truth | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
I was reading through a public site on transracial adoption about a middle school aged adopted child and it made me realize yet again how many layers of complexity transracial adoption brings to our lives, and especially to the lives of adopted children.There is a saying that when…
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Standing up for our children

Standing up for our children | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

If a child grows up with a parent who has zero tolerance of racism, the child grows up knowing that it is not okay to undervalue other human beings. Is this radical? Perhaps.

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The Journey of Adoption is a Family Affair: Transracial Adoption | New Orleans Moms Blog

The Journey of Adoption is a Family Affair: Transracial Adoption | New Orleans Moms Blog | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
While race is not a biological or scientific construct, it is a social one and it matters to our children. And it matters not just to adopted children of color; it matters to all children.
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Overseas adoptions rise -- for black American children

Overseas adoptions rise -- for black American children | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
Elisa van Meurs grew up with a Polish au pair, speaks fluent Dutch and English and loves horseback riding -- her favorite horse is called Kiki but she also rides Pippi Longstocking, James Bond, and Robin Hood.
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