Monthly Archives: July 2018

Episode 2: The Culturally Competent Adoptive Parent

Seventeen years ago, Professor and licensed clinical social worker, Betsy Vonk, created a list of 39 recommendations for how adoptive parents could improve racial awareness, help their adoptive children connect with their culture, and develop survival skills for themselves and their children. Professor Vonk and I discussed her research, whether she would add anything to her list today, and what resources she recommends, especially for adoptive parents of children from Asian descent. Below are links to some of her recommendations:

REPORT: Cultural Competence for Transracial Adoptive Parents:

Cultural Korean American Adoptive Family Network:
John Raible Online—Exploring adoption, race & social justice:
Gazillion Voices:
W.I.S.E. Up! PowerBook:
Pact—An Adoption Alliance:
North American Council on Adoptable Children: