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CULTURE AND IDENTITY
KEY POINTS FOR INTERNATIONALLY ADOPTED CHILDREN
- International adoptions must recognize and respect differences in culture and race between children and parents.
- Adopted children must process their identity throughout life.
- Adoptive families should prepare for "normative crisis" as children progress through different life stages.
- Identity problems for internationally adopted children may include racial and cultural differences.
- Openness in international adoption is logistically problematic, but efforts should be made to maintain a connection with the country of origin.
From THE HANDBOOK OF INTERNATIONAL ADOPTION MEDICINE by Laurie C. Miller. © 2004 by Oxford University Press, Inc. Used by Permission.