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Friday18 April 2014

Language, Culture and Race

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ASIA

Also-Known-As, Inc. (AKA) [CT, NY]
Group of adolescent and adult Korean adoptees and friends based in the greater New York area who create innovative post-adoption services, educational programs and community-building activities.

Andover Chinese Cultural Outreach (ACCO) [MA]
Student-run community service project that aims to teach adopted or multiracial children of Chinese background about their language and cultural heritage.

Boston Korean School [MA]
Provides Korean-American students the opportunity to learn Korean history, culture, and language, and offers extracurricular activities aligned with language education.

Champion Chinese Language Institute (CCLI) [CT]
Offers private and group classes for pre-schoolers, children, teens and adults.

China Care Brown [MA, RI]
Student-run organization at Brown University serving Chinese adoptees in the RI and Southern MA area through cultural programs and activities. It also raises funds to help better the lives of orphaned children still in China.

Chinese American Students Association (CASA) [CT]
Undergraduate organization at Yale University promoting awareness of Chinese and Chinese-American culture and identity among all members of the Yale community. Students of any ethnicity interested in culture, politics, community service, special projects and social events are welcome.

Chinese Culture Center (CCC) [CT]
Promotes cultural awareness and provides recreational activities for members. It also offers language education programs through the Connecticut Chinese Language Academy (CCLA).

Chinese Language School of Connecticut [CT]
Teaches Mandarin Chinese as a second language to children ages 18 months and up. Students acquire practical communication skills and a foundation for future learning.

Chinese Sunflowers Studio [NY]
Teaches Mandarin to young children between ages 3-6.

Families with Children from China (FCC) and Families with Children from China - New England Chapter (FCCNE)
Provides information and support to adoptive families and prospective parents.

Harvard China Care (HCC) [MA]
Team of undergraduates determined to help build brighter futures for abandoned, orphaned, and special-needs children in China through fundraising and volunteer work in China. HCC runs the "Dumplings" program, whereby adoptees and their families learn about and share Chinese culture in a fun, interactive way. A typical playgroup includes story time, a game, a crafts project and more. HCC’s "Mentoring" program aims to foster continued interest in Chinese culture by matching adopted Chinese children with mentors with similar interests/personalities who act as positive role models and friends.

Harvard College Korean Adoptee Mentoring Program (HCKAMP) [MA]
Exposes Korean adoptees from the Boston area to Korean culture and heritage. Children are matched with a Harvard undergraduate "mentor" at the beginning of the school year, with whom he/she meets every month. There are also monthly group activities.

Iskelahang Pilipino [MA]
Volunteer organization whereby children have the opportunity to learn about their Filipino heritage.

Korean American Adoptee Adoptive Family Network (KAAN)
Volunteer network linking individuals and organizations across the US and Canada, designed to build understanding and stronger connections among adoptees, adoptive and birth families, Koreans and Korean-Americans. Based in PA.

Korean American Students of Yale (KASY) [CT]
Promotes the political, cultural and social interests of the community of Korean Americans at Yale.

Korean Focus [VA, OH, WA, IN]
Offers information and support to adoptive families with Korean children, adopted Korean Americans and Korean Americans with connections to adoption. Chapters in VA, OH, WA and IN.

Little Lambs Preschool [CT]
Offers Korean language/cultural classes and classmates from Korean-American families. Classes are taught in both Korean and English, and children are exposed to the Korean culture. Call (860) 645-1416 for more information.

Newton Chinese Language School (NCLS) [MA]
Offers Chinese language and culture training programs for children 4½ years of age through Grade 10 in the greater Boston area.

EASTERN EUROPE AND EURASIA

Evrika Learning Center [CT, NY]
After-school and weekend program for children age 2-17 serving CT and White Plains, NY. Students are taught to develop logical thinking, problem-solving skills, creativity and confidence in self-expression. Programs include Russian language, music and theater classes, math and art and summer programs.

Families for Russian and Ukranian Adoption (FRUA)
All-volunteer support network for adoptive families providing adoption education resources. Sponsors the FRUA National Education Conference. Based in VA

Kazakh Aul of the US [RI]
Nonprofit organization dedicated to creating knowledge and understanding of Kazakh culture for children from Kazakhstan growing up in the US and their families through heritage camps, exhibitions, concerts and other events.

Neringa [CT]
Lithuanian cultural camp founded in 1969 by the Sisters of the Immaculate Conception to foster understanding of and love for the Lithuanian heritage, teach Christian values and promote positive character development.

GUATEMALA

Guatemala Family Network
Group of Guatemala adoptive families, Guatemalans and friends who get together periodically to celebrate and learn about Guatemalan culture and holidays. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

LATIN AMERICA

Latin America Parents Association (LAPA) [NY]
Volunteer organization dedicated to providing accurate and timely information and support before, during and after the process of adopting children from Latin America.

OTHER

Coloring Between the Lines
Reflections on race, culture and children’s books.

Conspicuous Families: Race, Culture and Adoption
Online course from Adoption Learning Partners.

Family Adoption and Race
Articles on adoption and race; page sponsored by the University of Dayton.

Multiracial Family Blog
Offers resources for multiracial families.

New England Alliance of Multicultural Families
Provides social opportunities for multiracial families to share information and expertise, celebrate their families and provide support for dealing with unique challenges.

Pact - An Adoption Alliance
Serving adopted children of color by providing not only adoptive placement but also life-long education, support and community for adoptees and their families on matters of adoption and race.

Race and Culture
Online course from Heart of the Matter Seminars.

Transracial/Transcultural Parenting
Training and publications from the North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC) for families who are transracial/transcultural or are considering transracial/transcultural parenting. The information helps parents think about the role of race in their children's lives and build their children's sense of racial or cultural identity.

UnchartedParent.com
Thoughts and resource recommendations about life and parenting from an adoptive and biological parent.