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Mental Health & How to Talk About Race.

Updated: Mar 8, 2021

Let's get to the the truth and trauma of adoption so that we can have better relationships.

Mental Health

​​ (Therapist specializing in adoption who happen to be adoptees) Dr. Juliana Deans Dr. Charmaine Borda, PhD.,  LMFT, LMHC Adoption Competent Counselor Phoebe Kroells Search Adoption Therapist

What is your method for mental-health? There are many. Take time to choose a modality that meets you where you are.

How to talk about race:


  • How to be an Anti-racist by Ibram X. Kendi

  • Weaving a Family: Untangling racism by Barbara Katz Rothman

  • One Child Nation documentary

  • 13th (film) Ava Duvernay 

  • When they See Us (film) Ava Duverney

  • Young Children: God Made me and You by Shai Linne

  • God's Very Good Idea by Trillia New Bill and Catalina Echeverri

  • Young Gifted and Black by Jamia Wilson

  • Little Legends: Exceptional men in Black HIstory by Vashti Harrison

  • Dad, Who will I Be? by G. Todd Taylor

  • Happy Face Sad Face by BIll Cotter

  • Looking for a Moose by Phyllis Root

  • My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me by Jennifer Teege


  • The CCrossover by Kwame Alexander

  • Miami Jackson series by Patricia and Fredrick McKissack

  • Julian Tells by Anne Cameron

  • Point Card Prank by Jake Maddox

  • Author for all ages: Vanda Micheaux Nelson

Lets Talk About Race by Julius Lester

  • Skin Like Mine by Latashia M. Perry

  • Amazing Grace By Mary Hoffman

  • Satuday by Oge Mora

  • Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry

NY Times list for anti-racism for kids:

Mental Health Books I love (non-adoption)

  • Co-dependency No More by Melody Beattie

  • Letting Go by David R. Hawkins

  • Woman Code by Christine Northrup

44 Mental Health Resources for Black People Trying to Survive in This Country  By Paul Gionfriddo, president and CEO, MHA here: When We Normalize Racism and Bigotry We Do Violence to our Mental Health Buzzfeed: 13 Black Mental Health Resources For Anyone Needing Support Right Now (MHA mention) The Trevor Project: Supporting Black LGBTQ Youth Mental Health!/donation/checkout?c_src=NCOD&c_src2=201910googleads Racism Ruined My Mental Health—but These 5 Resources Are Helping The Root: A Black Psychologist's Guide to Talking With Your Children About Race and Police Violence Psychology Today: Racial Trauma Is a Public Health Emergency

Podcasts & article

Marriette Williams "How to Talk to Your Transracially Adopted Child About Race" Podcast: The Enneagram, Trauma, and Adoption with Dr. Barbara Rila (three part series) Transracial adoptions and transcultural adoption training: Ten Things Not to Ask An Adoptee:

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