Approximately 20,000 inter-country adoptions are taking place per year. In addition, there are more than 200,000 foreign-adopted children already living in the U.S. (US Citizenship and Immigration Services)
This past week saw an increase in this statistic when Katherine Heigl ("Grey's Anatomy") and her husband, Josh Kelly, introduced to the world their newly adopted daughter from South Korea. Mrs. Heigl joins the team of other celebrities who are now part of cross-racially blended families as a result of adoption - Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, Meg Ryan, Michelle Pfeiffer, Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw, just to name a few.
For those who are a part of blended adoptive families, please share your experience.
If you are a parent, did you understand that your child's experience would not be the same as yours?
If you did not understand this beforehand, when and how did you learn this lesson?
How did you prepare your adoptive child to deal with those differences?
If you have other children of your race/culture, how did you prepare them for those differences?
If you are a sibling, did your parents talk to you about what it meant to be related to someone of a different cultural/racial background? If so, how did they do it?
When (if ever) and how did you become aware of the differences between you and your sibling(s)?
Your thoughts are valued. Please share.
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