As most of you know Steve and I have made the Transracial Journeys Family Camp a summer vacation activity every year. As the years go by the camp and the relationships Chelsea is building at the camp become more and more important to her. In addition, the community and support that Steve and I have gained with other parents at the camp is amazing. Therefore, we remain committed to the purpose of Transracial Journeys as we continue to grow and learn from our experiences with this organization, but also what this organization provides for other families who attend. It is with this commitment that we work with Transracial Journeys to help them meet their financial goals. The money raised by the organization goes to supporting programming by engaging in presenters, qualified staff and providing continuing education for our staff and parents. If we reach our fundraising goals we will also help families attend the camp who otherwise couldnot afford to attend.
For those of you who are not familiar with Transracial Journeys, this organization hosts a family camp that is a four-day, three night experience for families with children of color who have adopted across race lines. The goal of the camp is to support, challenge, and inspire adopted children, their siblings and their parents along their journey as they reflect on their lived experiences of race, culture, and adoption. This is the 7th year of the camp and our 5th year attending and this year we will continue this life changing camp and expand upon the prior year’s programming, and to do that we need your support. Now more than ever it is even more important for white parents of black children -- who will never be able to walk in their own children's skin -- to raise their awareness and become aware of the issues their children will face and to help them thrive in the face of such issues. Transracial Journeys is one of the very few organizations in this country committed to this challenging and vital mission.
Imagine growing up in a family where no one looks like you. Imagine beginning the delicate journey toward adolescence and the process of identity formation without the benefit of parents who share your physical characteristics. And imagine walking through the world as a racial minority without the guidance of parents who share that experience. When Steve and I made the joyful decision to accept the responsibility and adopt a child outside of our own race, we committed to giving Chelsea and ourselves the opportunity to not only understand but to also embrace diversity. The responsibility that we have accepted is to help our wonderful daughter embrace our culture, but also be able to assimilate into the culture of her own race. This is not an easy task for adoptive parents. It is even more difficult because Caucasian adoptive parents, not matter how deep their love and desire for their Africian American child, cannot truly understand the experiences that persons of color face in our society. It is in that spirit and upon that principal that Transracial Journeys was founded.
So please help us to support the mission of Transracial Journeys, it is very important to our family and so many families just like ours!