Community Village

Welcome to our Community V(i)llage!

Considering joining or participating in our educational class sessions? First, determine whether your needs mesh with the work we do by understanding the scope and sequence of our program.

Who: Community V(i)llage is an educational safe space for parents who have adopted Black children, but are uncertain as to what they need to do to help their families navigate unforeseen racial occurrences and blindspots. We welcome participants from a variety of backgrounds. Our clientele includes people who have the following identities:  Heterosexual and LGBTQ; Baptist, Mormon and Catholic; White, Latino/a, African and Black; Mothers, Fathers, and Grandparents; Black youth and their siblings, all of whom are invested in the positive raising of Black children.

What: We offer an 8-hour, weekend format that informs about how to holistically raise Black children. Specifically, participants are taught how to develop detailed, step-by-step action plans to better understand how to elevate racial esteem of Black children, increase family racial interdependence, and prepare parents to help their children navigate K-12 school environments. By learning how to facilitate reciprocal race mentorships, utilize cultural artifacts to educate oneself and build cultural confidence within their children, participants leave our sessions holistically empowered to be family advocates.

When: Class sessions are conducted bi-monthly based on community demand, which consists of five to 12 families in any locale. 

Where: Community V(i)llage can be conducted in any city once arrangements are made, a host family is selected and community demand is satisfied. Subsequently, we will design a curriculum plan based on participants needs then travel to your city.

How: our educational class sessions are conducted in a face-to-face format that allows for intimate, transparent and thoughtful interactions that yield beneficial solutions to family concerns about best practices for raising Black children in a world of indifference. 

Why: Based on the testimonies of previous participants, we are mindful that some parents are apprehensive about raising Black children. In fact, in some instances parents feel their cultural knowledge about what it means to be Black is insufficient. Many have remarked "I do not know what I do not know" or "Is our love going to be enough?" Concerns like these and our love for Black children led to us developing an educational opportunity where parents can be vulnerable, fearful, reflective and purposeful about how to empower their children to walk in confidence while being proud of being Black in a transracial family.

Our program has helped nearly 30 families since 2015, and is committed to supporting yours. Our roadmaps to holistic parenting of Black children are proven and continually evolving with the times.  We recognize that although your individual family needs are different, having a supportive community matters.

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Still interested in participating in a Community V(i)llage educational class session? We have two upcoming opportunities in November and December. Information is listed below for your review and consideration.

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Specifically, our educational class sessions offer confidential group discussions about how to respond to racial challenges, create strategies for interacting with cultural bullies, garner support from extended family members and best practices for guiding Black children from childhood to adolescence to adulthood. Meetings conducted over the weekend: Friday (6p-8p Meet & Greet), Saturday (10a-2p) and Sunday (1p-5p). Our empirical-based curriculum focuses on five critical questions: 

1) How do I socialize my Black children to live, exist and thrive in predominantly White communities and school environments?

2) Have I considered the holistic long-term effects of transracial adoption on my Black child(ren)?

3) What are my strategies for navigating my child(ren's) racial groups?

4) How do I purposefully elevate my level of cultural competency concerning my child(ren's) racial legacy?

5) Where do I want my child(ren) to be developmentally when they reach adulthood concerning the intersection of race, intellect and emotion, and what will be my contribution? 

If you are interested in participating in either of our upcoming November, 17-19 (2017) or December, 1-3 (2017) Community V(i)llage sessions please submit your information in the form below. The final dates to register are November 16th and November 30th. Sessions cap at 12 families so please register early as we anticipate filling up fast! You will be contacted shortly thereafter to receive details pertaining to session locations. The cost is only $350 per family. Thank you for your interest in broadening our family, racial, communal, social and parenting circles. 

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Dr. Bryan Hotchkins and Mrs. Nedra Hotchkins, M.Ed. teaching interested transracial families about key factors for raising, healthy + whole Black children. (Photo Credit: Terra Cooper)

Our family has created a safe, educational space for your family. Join us!

Community V(i)llage Cultural Artifact Presentation

Community V(i)llage Cultural Artifact Presentation

Community V(i)llage family fish fry evening event to build rapport, accountability, and trust circles across racial boundaries (2016). 

Community V(i)llage family fish fry evening event to build rapport, accountability, and trust circles across racial boundaries (2016). 

Participant in the Community Village, a parenting discussion group run as a college-style course for transracial adoptees and their parents, I have experienced what a thoughtful educator Dr. Hotchkins is capable of being. Providing positive cultural affinity moments for children, while pushing their parents on topics like racial battle fatigue, white fragility, and stereotype threat, is a game-changing acculturation model of acknowledging, and navigating, the gap in the child-parent experience that can lessen the trauma surrounding transracial adoptions.
— RYAN HOGLUND (DIRECTOR OF ETHICAL STUDIES, ROWLAND HALL)