Culture and Identity
For the past couple of years, my two daughters have volunteered as teen counselors at the Dillon China Camp in Tulsa, Oklahoma. They love helping the younger adoptees connect with their Chinese culture.
The Dillon China Heritage Camp also included an opportunity for parents to attend education workshops. Karin Price, LSW, presented a workshop on Culture and Identity: Exploring How Culture and Identity Can Effect Adopted Children at Different Stages of Life. Price is an adoptive mother and has worked in the adoption field for more than 35 years.
Another session featured a panel of adult adoptees who talked about culture and identity.
Key takeaways from the presentations:
- Identity exploration is a life-long habit and process.
- We live in a race-conscience society.
- Same race role matters are important for adoptees of color.
- Adoptive parents need to recognize the differences our children face. Rejecting differences means your child copes alone.
- College presents new challenges for children adopted from China. According to the panelists, they experienced new issues when they moved away from home and their familiar surroundings.
The July 8 and 9, 2016 workshops were each approved by the Oklahoma State Board of Licensed Social Workers for 2 hours of continuing education units.
*Map of Myself – original artwork by Jessica Oskam