Unit 3, Activity B: Other adoption stories
Goal: to explore and understand how families can be created in all sorts of ways, and include all sorts of people, regardless of various backgrounds.
Adoption can create one kind of family, with a mixture of races and ethnicities. Interracial relationships can create another kind of family. Families led by gay and lesbian parents can create yet another kind of family. But the bottom line is the same: a family is a family, regardless of how they came to be.
Encourage students to share their own adoption stories, if they might have one – whether their own or someone in their family. Discuss how the adoptee experience is similar to, and at the same time very different from, the immigrant experience. Families who immigrate together have each other to lean on … the transracial adoptee is often alone in a sea of initially unfamiliar, unrecognizable faces.
Click here to read about a personal adoption story.