406: Talking About Race with Adoptees

Mother in interracial adoption

Parenting a child of a race different from yours adds a whole new element to adoptive parenting. While this episode does focus on raising an interracial adoptee (also called a transracial adoptee), becoming more comfortable with talking about race is a worthy goal of any parent – any person, really. So come on in, even if you think this episode isn’t relevant to your situation.

Dr. Chaitra Wirta-Leiker
Licensed psychologist, Dr. Chaitra Wirta-Leiker

This month we’re going from basics to deeper levels about the concepts of race and how to navigate race in today’s highly-charged climate. We are learning together from one of the experts in the field of transracial parenting and adoptive parenting, a gem of Colorado’s adoption-competent therapy scene – and beyond, as you’ll discover.

With us is Dr Chaitra Wirta-Leiker, a fellow Coloradoan who has navigated adoption and race issues her entire life. She is a licensed psychologist, international/transracial adoptee of color, and an adoptive parent. If you've ever struggled in talking about race with kids (who hasn't?) make sure to listen.

Show Notes

Chaitra's website, Growbeyondwords

Adoptees Like Me books

Adoptees Like Me fundraiser

National Adoptee-Therapist Directory

How to screen for an adoption-competent therapist

Ultimate Adoption Resource Guide

Ep 308 with Lynn Brown, Black transracial adoptive mom

Adoptee Lounge with Angela Tucker

Adoption Mosaic with Astrid Castro

Adoptees Connect: https://adopteesconnect.com

About this Podcast

Lori Holden (The Open-Hearted Way to Open Adoption: Helping Your Child Grow Up Whole) brings to you an array of articulate and thought-provoking guests with lived experience in adoption, each with valuable insights to share about the all-encompassing journey of parenting an adopted person from babyhood to toddlerhood to school age to teenage -- and ultimately to adulthood. Join us as we explore Adoption: The Long View.

Named a Top 25 Adoption Podcast

Lori Holden