Identity is one of the seven lifelong core issues in adoption. Connecting with cultural roots is crucial for a child’s identity development. Children adopted from other countries may find it difficult to form a healthy sense of self without immersion in the culture of their birth country. It is important that parents take the time to engage adopted children in discussions about their heritage and work to understand, acknowledge, and celebrate differences in race and culture within the family. Identity develops over time and it takes a lifetime of experiences both within and outside the family. On this website, find resources to help reconnect adopted children with their cultural roots in meaningful ways.