5 episodes

Passing down culture is an important part of parenting. But how do you do this when your child’s culture is not your own, and you have only ever experienced it as a tourist? Mother Country looks at intercultural adoption through the lives of Australian families who have adopted children from other cultures. Parents and children with Korean, Ethiopian, Colombian, Cambodian and Cook Islands heritage share their thoughts on the complexities of intercultural adoption, and how they help their kids understand their birth culture.

Mother Country SBS Radio

    • Kids & Family
    • 5.0 • 7 Ratings

Passing down culture is an important part of parenting. But how do you do this when your child’s culture is not your own, and you have only ever experienced it as a tourist? Mother Country looks at intercultural adoption through the lives of Australian families who have adopted children from other cultures. Parents and children with Korean, Ethiopian, Colombian, Cambodian and Cook Islands heritage share their thoughts on the complexities of intercultural adoption, and how they help their kids understand their birth culture.

    How do kids adopted from overseas create their own culture?

    How do kids adopted from overseas create their own culture?

    Maintaining a connection to their birth culture is an important part of identity development for children adopted from other countries. But how can parents foster this connection for their kids when they are not from that culture themselves?

    • 33 min
    Coming Home: why adopted kids find returning to their birth country so important

    Coming Home: why adopted kids find returning to their birth country so important

    Rahel Davies was adopted from Ethiopia when she was two and has spent most of her life in Australia with her Caucasian parents and siblings, and another adopted Ethiopian sister. Now in her twenties, Rahel is proud of her heritage and works with young women of colour to amplify diverse voices in the media. But Rahel never felt completely comfortable in her own skin until she returned to her country of birth.

    • 24 min
    What's in a name: Should you keep or change your adopted child's name?

    What's in a name: Should you keep or change your adopted child's name?

    One of the first choices every parent has to make is what to name their child. But when your child already arrives with a name, this decision becomes more complex. Changing or keeping a birth name can affect an adopted child’s sense of identity and connection.

    • 26 min
    How do adoptive families answer the question "Where do you come from"?

    How do adoptive families answer the question "Where do you come from"?

    For Australian families who adopt from other countries, finding ways to pass on the culture of their child’s home country is important. It helps to encourage their sense of identity and belonging.

    • 34 min
    Introducing Mother Country; a podcast about culturally diverse adoptive families

    Introducing Mother Country; a podcast about culturally diverse adoptive families

    Passing down culture is an important part of parenting. But how do you do this when your child’s culture is not your own, and you have only ever experienced it as a tourist?

    • 2 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

Lucas C123 ,

A brilliant listen & series!

I have loved this series and the variety of voices, insights and stories. Thanks Aimee and SBS for such an insightful and well narrated podcast!

Jenny G 142 ,

Great listening

As a proud parent of a daughter born in Ethiopia I’ve found the first two podcasts great listening. I’ve particularly enjoyed hearing from older adoptees as their insight is thought provoking & enlightening.

Thank you Aimee for putting this together, I’ve already shared it with my extended family