Posted by: icmadoptionnetwork | January 4, 2013

Keeping the Culture

After a family has adopted a child through means of international adoption, it is always interesting to see how the family then incorporates the child’s birth culture into the child and the family’s daily life. Here are a few possibilities for incorporating your child’s birth culture into your home:

  • Home Decor: choosing to incorporate items from your child’s culture of origin into your home.
  • Food: learning recipes and cooking items that originate from your child’s country of birth.
  • Events/Festivals: participating in cultural events pertaining to your child’s culture of origin, such as festivals, church services, dance programs, etc.
  • Language: some families choose to learn and encorporate their child’s birth language into their home, and also encourage their child to continue to use their birth language.

One resource that I have found very interesting is an organization called Multilingual Chicago. It is a language school geared towards children that incorporates culture, music, and art. They have adult classes which discuss different cultures as well. In order to learn more, you can visit their website at


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