When you adopt a child from a foreign country, it is important to bring at least a part of the culture of their birth country into your family as well.
When you honor your child’s birth culture, you are honoring the child and helping them feel a sense of connection with their roots. This gives them a strong foundation on which to build an identity.
In this panel discussion, a group of adoptive moms talk about what they’ve done to help their children feel confident in their own sense of identity and connected with their roots.
Here are some of their suggestions:
- Incorporate the music, dance, art, and foods of your child’s native country into your everyday life.
- Celebrate traditional holidays from the child’s country of origin.
- Use their birth language as much as possible.
- If your child is resistant to cultural discussions, make it clear that the door is open for conversation.
- Emphasize the beauty of human diversity to help kids feel comfortable in their skin.
- Dancing to Haitian music. Using their birth language as much as possible.