The objective of this curriculum is to help you understand the unique aspects of parenting an international Adoptee. We hope to raise your awareness of the racism that many Adoptees face, and to provide information and resources to help your child develop a positive Adoptee identity. Through academic research and our professional work, Holt has learned that previous generations of adoptive parents lacked adequate preparation around issues of racism and the importance of Adoptee identity. These can be uncomfortable topics to discuss, but if you hope to develop a strong and intimate relationship, it’s vital that you talk openly and honestly with your child about these challenging aspects of being an adoptive family.
This section of the curriculum is set up differently than other chapters of Holt’s Parents in Process pre-adoption education. Through webinars, videos, and articles, you will learn about issues related to race, adoption, and language. Each section of this curriculum has a worksheet to complete after you have read through the materials. Each parent is to complete their own worksheets. The worksheets are fillable PDF documents which you can complete on your computer and print, or print and complete by hand. If you prefer, you can save each one after completing them and email the completed forms as attachments. All worksheets must be forwarded to either the Holt branch director, or to the Holt home office. Once the branch director or program director has reviewed your questionnaires you will receive a Certificate of Completion.
This portion of the curriculum is intended to challenge you — and perhaps take you outside of your comfort zone — in the hope that at the end, you will be better equipped to navigate the complexities of being a family created through international adoption. Please let your social worker know if you have any questions, or would like additional information as you prepare for your child’s arrival into your family.