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CULTURE AND IDENTITY
CHECKLIST FOR AWARENESS BY PROSPECTIVE TRANSRACIAL ADOPTIVE PARENTS
- I understand how my own cultural background influences the way I think, act, and speak.
- I am able to recognize my own racial prejudice.
- I am aware of stereotypes and preconceived notions that I may hold toward other racial and ethnic minority groups.
- I have examined my feelings and attitudes about the birth culture and race of my children.
- I make ongoing efforts to change my own prejudiced attitudes.
- I have thoroughly examined my motivation for adopting a child of a different race or culture than myself.
- I am knowledgeable of and continue to develop respect for the history and culture of my children's racial heritage.
- I understand the unique needs of my child related to his or her racial or cultural status.
- I know that transracial-cultural adoptive parenting involves extra responsibilities over and above those of in-racial parenting.
- I have examined my feelings about interracial dating and marriage.
- I know that others may view my family as "different".
- I know that my children may be treated unkindly or unfairly because of racism.
From THE HANDBOOK OF INTERNATIONAL ADOPTION MEDICINE by Laurie C. Miller. © 2004 by Oxford University Press, Inc. Used by Permission.