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Is a transracial adoption right for you?

If you are considering a transracial adoption, there are a few things that you should know. Adopting outside your own race is a major decision. As a parent of one cultural background, it can be difficult to raise a child from another. Interestingly, it is illegal to prevent the adoption of a child based on his or her race or the race of his or her potential parents.What should you do to make sure that you are making the right decision when adopting transracially? Start with looking at yourself. How would you handle the racism that other people have towards your child? For example, if you are a white family who has chosen to adopt an African-American child, do you have the support you need to prevent your child from growing up in a family fueled by racism? Sometimes, extended family members may not feel the way you do about interracial relationships and adoptions.Another thing to consider is the racial breakdown of the community around you. Is it mostly black? Is it primarily white? Are there any Asians in the area if you plan to adopt an Asian child? Racial diversity and a diverse school can help your child feel like he or she fits in even if you do not share the same race as your child.Of course, think about your child's culture. If your child is Chinese, you may want to incorporate Chinese New Year into your family's activities. Likewise, if your child is African-American, you may need to learn about how to deal with the blatant racism still facing African-Americans today.

These are just a few things to think about. Your attorney can help you start an adoption when you are ready.

Source: The Spruce, "Considering Transracial Adoption," Carrie Craft, accessed July 27, 2017

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