Adoption and racial reconciliation are two pressing matters for Christians around the country. With these in mind, many Christians are open to adopting children from ethnic backgrounds different from their own. We will identify healthy and unhealthy reasons to adopt cross culturally. In addition, we will offer training and resources to increase awareness for the journey.
April 6, 2019 9am – 4pm // Wake Forest Baptist Church
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Registration
9:00 AM- 10:30 AM Main Session 1
10:30 – 11:45 Breakout session 1
11:45 AM – 1:15 PM Lunch on your own
1:15 PM – 2:45 PM- Breakout session 2
2:45 – 4 PM- Main session 2
Breakout Sessions will include:
– How to do my Child’s Hair-
Natural hair has unique properties. Learning how to style natural hair and use natural hair products is a journey all its own. It is important to learn not only the “how-to’s” of natural hair, but why natural hair care is significant to children of color. In this session, a professional beautician will explain the science of curly hair and how styling it well affirms the natural beauty within.
– “The Talk”-
Growing up as a black/brown boy in America means experiencing the doting affection of loved ones, and the suspicious looks and direct accusations from strangers all at the same time. It is incumbent upon older men to teach young boys how to navigate a society that tends to look upon them with suspicion because of the color of their skin without fostering an unhealthy defensiveness. Learn how to instill a Christ-centered confidence in your black/brown youth.
– Birth Parents are Not the Enemy-
Family dynamics can be challenging. Personal histories, poor choices, or legal constraints strain relationships for everyone involved in the adoption process. No matter the situation, birth parents are worthy of dignity and respect as image bearers. This session addresses how to communicate with, remember, and (in some circumstances) interact with birth parents in a way that diffuses hostility and encourages healing.
– The Beauty Talk-
Young girls begin to ask if they are beautiful at a young age. Mothers consistently become the standard of beauty as daughters develop self-perception. This session addresses how to affirm your daughter’s self-discovery when she does not share the same features.
– Unique Issues with International Adoption-
International adoption has its own set of unique challenges. Raising a child removed from his/her homeland requires special attention to identity development and cultural fluency (especially in older children). In addition, there are unique governmental challenges that complicate the adoption process. This session addresses the compound cultural distance of international adoption and tips for navigating seemingly unending paper trails with foreign authorities.
– The Myth of Colorblindness –
At times Christians attempt to reconcile racial differences by deemphasizing skin color. Despite the pure intentions for claiming not to see color, colorblindness detracts from the goodness of diversity and eliminates the opportunity to “bear each other’s burdens.” This session addresses why colorblindness is a myth and provides helpful insights on affirming the skin tone and cultural differences, especially among adopted children.