Transracial adoption is a big topic…
It is so big that in is written in CNN, the Huffington Post, scholarly articles, and books.
The main controversy in all of these findings is if love is enough? Do you have to do more than just love a child of a different race?
If you are considering a transracial adoption there are many things you need to consider but first let’s look at these statistics from the National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine:
- The number of transracial adoptions in the United States are increasing.
- Today, national surveys suggest that Whites and African Americans have mixed feelings regarding domestic transracial adoption.
- Some researchers found that the inconsistency in racial/ethnic identity development for transracial adoptees may be attributable to different factors, such as age at adoption, race, and geography.
- Racial/ethnic identity also appeared to be weaker among transracial adoptees living in more racially similar (i.e., White) communities.
- Research also suggests that greater awareness of prejudice and discrimination during youth and adulthood may lead transracial adoptees to experience a range of conflicting emotions regarding concepts of race and ethnicity (e.g., denial, shame, pride, discomfort).
When considering adopting a child of a different race it is important to ask yourself if you are willing to do more than just love the child.
Here are some things you may need to prepare for:
- Celebrating similarities and differences
- Living in a community that is a diverse area with diverse schools
- Educating yourself on hair and skin maintenance
- Include in your family, cultural traditions, customs and foods of the child’s origin
These are all things you need to think about when considering transracial adoptions. Confronting this hard topic head-on can help you in the long run.