Thursday, August 20, 2009

Reasons for a Transracial Adoption

"Reasons for a Transracial Adoption" (from Love to Know)

Why do prospective parents seek to adopt children outside their own race and/or culture? The reasons are many. For example:

Numbers: Because the number of Caucasian newborns available for adoption is much lower than children of other races, pursuing a transracial adoption often means adopting a child in a shorter time frame.

Age: Many adoption agencies simply will not accept applicants who are over 40 as adoptive parents of Caucasian babies. This stipulation often doesn't apply to a transracial adoption, however.
Need: Some parents want to adopt a child of another race because they realize that there are so many of these children who need good homes.
Experience: In some cases, families seek to adopt outside of their culture because they want to expand their family's own experiences. This is especially true if they already have biological children of their own.

More Tips and Advice...
Adopting a child from another culture is a lifelong commitment and one that must be taken seriously. In order for your child to grow up happy and well-adjusted, consider the following tips:

*Be prepared for misconceptions. Throughout your child's life, there will be people who will make unkind and ignorant comments. Think about how you will respond, but most importantly, prepare your child for these events as well. Teach him how to respond in a positive and firm manner. For example, when he is questioned as to whether you are his "real family", how do you want him to respond?

*Get involved. If there are members of the community who promote racism, now is the time to become an activist for racial equality.
Educate yourself. It is not only important that your child learn about his or her culture but that you do also. Study all aspects of the African American culture, such as history, literature, music, etc.
*Build a support system. Give your child a strong background and a solid foundation for positive self-esteem by surrounding your family with supportive relatives and friends.
Discuss race and culture with your child. You should begin to do this while your child is just a baby.
*Do not tolerate negative comments toward yourself and your child. You are your child's protector and advocate!

Finally, love your child. Love him for his differences, his culture, his appearance, and especially for the blessings he has brought to your life.

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