Identity Crisis for TCKs and the Adopted Child
TCKs and adopted kids struggle with identity issues. When you combine the two, it is even harder.
Third Culture Kids: What is Your Child Experiencing? (Adoption Council)
(See section called How Does Being a Third Culture Kid relate to adoption?)
Transracial adoptions often mean transcultural adoptions as well. Should you as a parent help your child learn about his or her birth culture?
TCKs & Identity: Navigating a Childhood Overseas as an International Adoptee (Families in Global Transition)
This is a family’s story of how they maintained some sense of constant narmalcy, how staying in touch with family friends of various cultures strengthened the author’s sense of identity and connection with her birth culture as well as her passport culture.
The Connected Child: Bring Hope and Healing to Your Adoptive Family, Karyn Purvis, David Cross, Wendy Lyons Sunshine
The adoption of a child is always a joyous moment in the life of a family. Some adoptions, though, present unique challenges. Welcoming these children into your family–and addressing their special needs–requires care, consideration, and compassion. Written by two research psychologists specializing in adoption and attachment, The Connected Child will help you build bonds of affection and trust with, effectively deal with any learning or behavioral disorders, and discipline your child with love without making him or her feel threatened.
The Connected Parent: Real-life Strategies for Building Trust and Attachment, Lisa Qualls and Karyn Purvis
The author gives practical advice and tools to use to encourage secure attachment in your family. It will teach how you can simplify your approach using scripts to nurture your child, combat chronic fear, teach respect, and develop other valuable tools to connect with their children.
Parenting in Transracial Adoption by Jane Hoyt-Oliver, Hope Haslam Straghan, and Jayne E. Schooler
This book shares real-life experiences to raise and respond to questions that arise before, during, and after adopting a child of another race. Its goal: to help adoptive parents understand the underlying racial challenges in a transracial adoption so they can help their children cope.
More resources are available on the Emotional Resilience part of this site: Adoption/Attachment books.