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One of the family

Cross-cultural adoptees need love and awareness of their heritage

Three-month-old Kristin of the Lakota Sioux Nation found herself living with my white family in a mostly white neighborhood.

She was born during the late 1960s movement toward increased cross-cultural adoption, which was nurtured by the zero population growth effort, an abundance of Asian refugees and a realization that the majority of children needing homes were not Caucasian.

Unfortunately, social service agencies initially didn't offer much advice about how to include a child's birth culture into family activities.


Now these children are becoming interested — some for the first time — in their birth families' culture. They are not only trying to find their parents but are joining social and support groups for adoptees, moving into communities where many people from that culture live, or even incorporating their culture into their careers.


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