Adoption Choices of Arizona: Transracial Adoption
At Adoption Choices of Arizona, we specialize in all types of adoption: open, closed, multiracial, single family, same sex adoption, transracial, etc. There are benefits to all of the different types of adoption, but there can also be some questions when it comes to multiracial or transracial adoptions. Transracial adoption is a type of adoption that places a child with adoptive parents of a different race or ethnic group. Putting a child up for adoption is a beautiful and brave decision no matter what. We will help you navigate this particular type of adoption with hints and tips to make your transracial adoption experience easier.
What Are 3 of the Difficulties of Transracial Adoption?
- Lack of diversity – it can be difficult for transracial adoptees to identify with the family they are adopted into, which is why it is important to surround your family with people from different races, ethnicities, and cultural backgrounds. You should expose your adopted child to as many different people as possible.
- Racism – racism is unavoidable in today’s world, so it is important to confront this issue rather than try to ignore it. Acknowledging your child’s differences and celebrating them is the best way to cope with this issue. The racism your adopted child may experience can be overt or covert, which is why it is imperative that you are aware of the issue.
- Struggle with racial and cultural identity – it is hard enough to be an adopted child without the added issue of race. Race and culture are important aspects of our identities as human beings. Adoptive parents of transracial adoptees should make every effort to surround themselves and their adopted child with that child’s culture and race.
How Do We Overcome Transracial Difficulties in Adoption?
It can be good to connect with other transracial adoptees and adoptive families. Often, it is beneficial to surround ourselves with people who are like us and who have gone through a similar experience. You can try finding transracial adoptee support groups or start your own.
The next step would be to make a concerted effort to have a life that is multicultural. This consists of living in diverse communities, enrolling your child in diverse schools, and participating in community groups. If your family is faith-based, a diverse and inclusive religious community is a great place to start as well.
Transracial adoption in Arizona doesn’t have to be complicated. The only way to confront racism is to talk about it. Issues never go away if you ignore them. Engaging in difficult conversations and continuously learning about racism are the best remedies to the racism your child will undoubtedly experience.
If you are pregnant and need adoption help, adoption resources, or to begin your adoption journey, birth parents can visit us at Adoption Choices of Arizona or call or text us at 1-480-900-5520. If you are a prospective adoptive family hoping to adopt a baby, please instead, visit us here!
Meet the Author: Rayna Batiste is an alumna of the University of West Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing. Having graduated with honors, she hopes to attend graduate school at New York University, majoring in Journalism. Rayna is also a United States Air Force veteran who enjoys watching documentaries about pretty much any subject, learning, and spending quality time with her family and friends. She is also a fitness enthusiast and an avid Peloton user.
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