During this week’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearings, embattled Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett discussed how those difficult conversations have affected her own family, which includes two children adopted from Haiti.

“As you might imagine, given that I have two Black children, that was very, very personal for my family,” she said.

Indeed, the nation’s racial reckoning is providing both challenges and teachable moments, as.

Of the nearly 1.8 million adopted children in the country, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, some 40 percent of adoptions are transracial, or between parents and children of different races; in the U.S., data shows 73 percent of those parents are white.

Michael S. Nelson is a Jewish gay man who adopted a Black son, Jeffrey, nearly two decades ago.

“Having a white, gay single parent is a lot to ask of any child.

Jeffrey, who has taken part in social justice demonstrations, is reticent about delving into racial issues with Nelson, who’s tried to keep the lines of communication open.

Pat O’Brien is an adoption advocate and executive director of Adoptive and Foster Family Coalition, New York.

“Communication is key to ensuring the stability and well being of children,” said O’Brien, himself the father of an adopted adult daughter.

April Dinwoodie was adopted by a white New England family in the 1970s.Today, she’s a consultant and the executive director of “Transracial Journeys,” an organization that provides tools and support for adoptive transracial families; among their projects is an annual summer camp.

Still, she loves her family and is dedicated to helping others tackle the intersection of adoption and race.

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