Insight, tips and perspectives to help you nurture your child's culture. In every episode we'll speak with people who live and work in the mixed-bag reality of a transracial family.
Mixed Bag Monologue: Toward a Kinder State of “Wokeness”
A chance encounter with a Moroccan politician showed me the importance of being humble and curious, two traits sorely missing in society. As transracial adoptive parents, especially, we need to be an example of what that looks like. If this strikes a chord--or makes you curious, check out some of the below resources.
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Cultural Humility vs. Cultural Competence
Reflections on Cultural Humility
Black Like Me
The Conscious Kid
"A Young Peoples' History of the United States", by Howard Zinn
"A People's History of the United States", by Howard Zinn
A Native American’s Perspective on Transracial Adoption
Along with being part Irish, Corey Greaves is a descendant of the Blackfeet and Klickitat tribes. He's founder and president of Mending Wings, a ministry with the goal of helping Native American youth rediscover their culture, and experience relational and spiritual healing.
Elton Morrison is a Native American who grew up in the foster care system and went through Mending Wings in his teens. Today, he works there as a volunteer.
During this episode, Corey and Elton tell their stories, and their perspectives on nurturing Native American culture.
One Church, Many Tribes
Episode 7-Our Adoption Journey
Taking a break from the usual Q&A format to talk a bit more about my family's story and some of the changes we've made to blend our childrens' ethnic background into our lives. One resource that was especially helpful was the Refresh Conference.
Refresh Seattle, March 15- 16, 2019
Refresh Kansas City, March 29- 30, 2019
Refresh Chicago, Oct 24- 26, 2019
Episode 6: Raising a Child who Breaks the Mold and Forms their Own Identity
Steadfast. It’s not a word you hear often, but it’s a fitting description for Sasha Johnson, a twenty-something who was adopted when only 7 days old. Today she’s a single mom with two businesses and a strong sense of who she is, but getting there wasn’t easy. Hear the story of how she, and her parents, persevered.
Episode 5: The Culture of the Black Barbershop
Does darkening the door of a black barbershop seem like an act of desecration to you? Pastor Michael Thomas talks about the black barbershop experience and provides encouragement for adoptive parents who want to do right by their African American son.
Articles and essays about the black barbershop:
"5 black barbers on why barbershops are sacred spaces," The Fader, October 23, 2017
"The power and politics of the black barbershop," The Fader, October 11, 2017
"10 things you need to know about the black barbershop," September 08, 2015
"Barbershop study trimmed black mens' hair and blood pressure," Associated Press, March 12, 2018
Ep 4: Gas in the Tank—Giving Your Kids the Drive to Succeed
Like it or not, our lives are shaped by the expectations of others—both positively and negatively. Just ask Dr. Jessica Chandler Growing up in rural Mississippi, she was the daughter of a single mom, and had many obstacles to overcome. But the values and beliefs of family gave this African American woman the inner drive and conviction to persevere. Now let's listen to her story.
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A good podcast on a very important topic. I’m psyched to see where you go with this and hopeful that efforts like this will improve transracial parenting practices.
Very relevant topics and guests
I was so happy to see this podcast as a transracial foster- adoptive parent. They invite guests with expertise very relevant to adopting transracially and I have really enjoyed listening! Keep inviting such great guests to your show!
My only suggestion to strengthen would be to spend less time trying to describe the work of each guest- instead, ask concise, brief, open ended questions that invite the guest to share about their work. If you do want to share about the guest, prepare a brief written statement to read from so you can clearly get your ideas across. Pause for a moment before interjecting after asking a question.
Sometimes people need a few moments to begin answering the question.
Thanks again for your contributions- this was just the type of podcast I was looking for.
Great Resource for Multiracial Families!
This podcast has been a huge source of encouragement for our family! The topics have been relevant and valuable for us as we navigate life as a multiracial family. Even if the topic is not about my child(ren)’s specific ethnicity I still find the content highly beneficial. I can hear Mark’s heart for fathering his kids well and it has helped shape my own parenting perspectives.
Thanks for a great resource!