Why does AAI encourage adoptive parents to preserve the adopted childs culture?
While adopted children will grow up in the U.S., it is also very important that they have a knowledge and pride about who they are and their country of origin. This can help in building positive self-esteem for the child. Every culture has positive components, and as parents, we have a responsibility to teach our children what is wonderful about the country and culture of their birth. Having this knowledge and pride also assists children as they grow, since they will face some of society’s stereotypes and prejudices. Additionally, as the adopted child sees his or her parents taking an interest and being enthusiastic about his or her culture and country of birth, it often builds a feeling of acceptance that may result in the child feeling more comfortable in discussing other adoption-related issues with his or her parents. Finally, adoptive parents find that learning about other cultures can be an enriching experience for the whole family.