"Heritage Camps", adopted children being sent to hertiage camps.

Essay by byebyejekkiHigh School, 11th gradeA+, June 2003

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The number of adopted Asian children by Caucasian parents has been increasing rapidly. Adoption is not a new way to start a family, but the way the adopted children are being raised has changed. Caucasian parents adopting babies from China, Korea, and The Philippines have formed Heritage Camps in different states. The parents feel that it is good for their adopted child to know more about their culture and heritage, but Heritage Camps are not necessary for the child. They may enrich the child's mind, but does not emotionally benefit from it. Attending might make the child feel emotionally distant from his or her parents, and could make matters worse in his or her fight to fitting in with society, or the children may not find the desire to waste their time on camp.

Parents feel that sending their adopted children to a Heritage Camp will solve the bonding gap between them.

The children will learn about their culture and have camp counselors to talk about their problems with out. This should be the parents' job. The parents should educate their children themselves by reading with them and going to festivals together. That way, they are both learning about a new culture. The bond they gain from spending time together will also make it easier for children to ask questions and confront their feelings with their parents. A typical teenager will feel isolated from their parents because they feel that they aren't fully understood. Communication plays a big role in a family relationship and cannot be solved by a day camp.

In the beginning, it was thought that parents should not do anything that would make their child feel different from their adoptive parents. Parents wanted their adopted children to feel a part of the American culture...