Maintaining Your Child’s Cultural Identity after Adoption
Whether your child is biological or adopted, it’s important that they have a strong sense of their family history and cultural identity. When your child comes from a foreign country, the customs and practices of their native land are a part of their cultural makeup. By embracing their native culture, you can help assure that they develop into healthy adults. Here are some ways to keep your adopted child’s cultural heritage alive.
Make the Culture Part of Your Regular Routine
Find restaurants or regularly prepare meals that include food from your child’s country of origin. If there are holidays that are unique to your child’s native culture, celebrate them and make certain your child understands why you are doing so.
Find Support Groups
Many cities have organized groups of families who have adopted from a specific country. For example, if your child was adopted from China, you can probably find a group of similar families who get together on a regular basis to learn about and share in cultural events, dinners and festivals.
Look for Special Events
Many large cities have festivals celebrating different aspects of foreign cultures. Your local museum may bring in exhibits that feature art, history or cultural artifacts from their native land.
Learn Their Language
This can be a fun adventure that you and your child can share. Be prepared to have your child learn the language a lot faster than you do. It can be a perfect opportunity for them to teach you something, which will help build their self-esteem.
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