Anyone connected to adoption from any angle should check out the first issue of a brand-new magazine, The Adoption Constellation. It will be a quarterly print publication from Adoption Mosaic, a website which seeks "to create a safe space where adoption community members can voice their experience, dialogue about issues, and learn from one another."
I'm honored to have been invited to adapt my "White Mind" columns, directly addressing white adoptive parents of children of color. Many of the articles in the magazine touch on aspects of transracial adoption.
(Sketch of young dancers at a New Year's celebration sponsored by the Chinese & American Friendship Association of Maine, 2010)
Becoming the parent of a child of color is often (and should be!) a radicalizing experience of seeing the significance of race and racism, and of becoming committed to racial justice and awareness. Such families are often on the front lines of the discussion about the importance of diversity in children's books, seeking stories in which our children can see themselves reflected.