A Transracially-Adopted Child’s Bill of Rights

~Every child is entitled to love and full membership in her family.

~Every child is entitled to have his culture embraced and valued.

~Every child is entitled to parents who know that this is a race conscious society.

~Every child is entitled to parents who know that she will experience life differently than they do.

~Every child is entitled to parents who are not looking to “save” him or to improve the world.

~Every child is entitled to parents who know that being in a family doesn’t depend on “matching.”

~Every child is entitled to parents who know that transracial adoption changes the family forever.

~Every child is entitled to be accepted by extended family members.

~Every child is entitled to parents who know that, if they are white, they benefit from racism.

~Every child is entitled to parents who know that they can’t transmit the child’s birth culture if it is not their own.

~Every child is entitled to have items at home that are made for and by people of his race.

~Every child is entitled to opportunities to make friends with people of her race or ethnicity.

~Every child is entitled to daily opportunities of positive experiences with his birth culture.

~Every child is entitled to build racial pride within her own home, school, and neighborhood.

~Every child is entitled to have many opportunities to connect with adults of the child’s race.

~Every child is entitled to parents who accept, understand and empathize with her culture.

~Every child is entitled to learn survival, problem-solving, and coping skills in a context of racial pride.

~Every child is entitled to take pride in the development of a dual identity and a multicultural/multiracial perspective on life.

~Every child is entitled to find his multiculturalism to be an asset and to conclude, “I’ve got the best of both worlds.”

Adapted by Liza Steinberg Triggs from “A Bill of Rights for Mixed Folks,” by Marilyn Drame (which in-turn was adapted from Dr. Maria P. P. Roots, “A Bill of Rights for People of Mixed Heritage).

Artist – Drawing Interracial Art

Artist Irada Selimkhanova

I ran across this artist and thought the presentation was really creative. She has a youtube channel: artsizzle. Look her up for similar creations. She did another one of President Obama called “Inauguration” that I really liked too!

My Church Family = DIVERSITY

How important is it to you that your church family is racially diverse? When I began looking for a church I was very specific with God about what “I” was wanting in a church: (1) diversity, (2) close to home, and (3) an 11:00 service. Really, those were my specific requests. I have to laugh as I look back now and see where I was at that time in my life (over 10 years ago). Thankfully, God gave me the desires of my heart and then some!

I have visited many churches in my [rather] short history and being in a multiracial family, I have felt many things other than the love of God in the majority of them. When I found my church home, I truly felt HOME. There was a peace about being in a place that I felt truly accepted. I recently asked a new [white] woman attending our bible study what drew her to our church. She gave me a long spiritual answer but the portion that resinated the most with me was, “Well, I thought anyone attending here couldn’t have major issues with race”. I love SO many things about our church, the people, the passion, the work…but I have to admit, I LOVE that it is the one place that I can truly be accepted just as I am. Thank you, God for blessing me with such a wonderful church family!

Check us out–you can now worship with us online: www.peopleschurch.tv

[new] Here’s a great article about our pastor in Outreach Magazine