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Native children face struggles others don't in foster care

In America, Native American children are protected under law, but are those laws really protecting them? The Indian Child Welfare Act helps make sure that Native American children are fostered and adopted in by others of their culture when possible. Some believe that law makes it harder to protect those children and makes it nearly impossible to find the children adoptive homes.

Adopting Native American children: A complicated matter

If you are trying to adopt a Native American child, you may already know that there are laws in place that make it more difficult if you do not have a Native American heritage. The purpose of the law is to keep Native American children with families of their own heritage.

Resistance to adoption is sometimes normal in marriages

When only one person in a marriage wants to adopt, it can create a problem. It's not uncommon for a spouse to feel resistant to adoption. In many cases, adoption professionals will turn down applications in which both partners aren't completely committed.

Adoption's impact: The emotional process of adoption

Adoption doesn't just affect the children who come into new homes and families. The families themselves are affected as well. Parenthood is a challenge and a joy, but there are some things that you'll need to adjust to. As a prospective adoptive parent, there are many decisions you'll need to make before you can finalize an adoption.

Divorces: Contested or uncontested still require legal assistance

You always wanted to get married, and you dreamed of a life where you'd be with your spouse forever. That isn't how you perceive your marriage now, and you just want to get a divorce. You haven't spoken to your spouse yet, and you're not sure how he is going to react. Fortunately, no matter what he has to say about it, the divorce will happen if you want it to.

What can you do to prevent custodial interference?

Custody interference is a problem among some families. It is when one parent takes steps to try to limit the other from seeing or talking to his or her children. This isn't always a physical act; parents might use emotional or psychological techniques to make the children refuse to see the other parent or to act out against him or her.

Don't let family violence control your life. You can get help

If you're worried about your safety after leaving a relationship or are concerned about the actions of your spouse and feel you or your children are in danger, you can seek out a restraining order. Also known as protective orders, restraining orders help protect you by telling your spouse or partner what he or she cannot do. It might limit his or her access to your home or have other consequences.

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.

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