3 Tips for Interracial Adoption in Arizona
Adoption is not always an easy process, whether you are the birth mother or the adoptive family. It is a highly emotional process and can be very draining for some. At Adoption Choices of Arizona, our mission is to help birth mothers through this process and alleviate some of those emotions. As for adoptive families, we strive to match you with your perfect child and help grow your family. Giving up your baby for adoption is never an easy decision a birth mother makes, but it is sometimes in the best interest of them and the baby. We are here to tell you that you are not giving up, rather making a selfless decision to give your baby a better life. You are also bringing new joy to loving and happy parents and making them a family.
Interracial Adoption in Arizona
As a birth mother, you should not worry about your child’s family. All of our adoptive families are thoroughly screened, and we conduct home visits before approving them for adoption. However, we understand that everyone has preferences. All we recommend is keeping an open mind and keeping your options open. Have you ever heard of the term interracial adoption? If so, have you ever considered it? If you have not heard the term before, it means that your child is placed in a home with an adoptive family of another race or ethnic background than your own. It is becoming increasingly common nowadays. There are challenges that come with interracial adoption, but there are also a ton more benefits that outweigh those challenges. Here are a few tips if you are considering or have already chosen the route of interracial adoption.
1. Take The Time to Understand Your Adoptive Child’s Background
This might sound like a given, but we strongly encourage it. If you are a family that is adopting a baby of a different race or ethnic background, it is important to indulge yourself a little. Do some research while they are young, so you can help them grow into their full natural self. All your child wants is to know they are supported throughout life and that they always have someone in their corner. We know you want nothing more than to protect them all the time, but since that is not always possible, you need to be able to prepare them for life outside of your house. Doing your own research and learning more about how your child is seen will help better prepare you and them later on in life.
2. Making More Life Changes
Although adoption already seems like a huge life change, and it is, there is still more work to be done after the child is placed in their new home. There are many ways that you can integrate your child’s background into your daily life. Doing so will better their development and help your understanding of their lives. For example, consider adding a few things around the house, such as different decor and buying books or movies that are relevant to your child. You could also consider getting more involved in community groups so you can learn from others and your child also has the chance to grow up with others from their community background.
3. Focus on Your Family
It is natural to feel uncomfortable after adopting a child of a different race or ethnic background. You are probably nervous about what others might think or how they might react. You also might be getting strange looks from strangers. But that is who they are, strangers. They know nothing about you or your child, and they know nothing about your situation. This is all about you and your child building a family together and working on being the strongest family out there. It is nice to feel like you have people in your corner and have a support system. However, do not look for that in strangers because you do not need their validation. Even if your family does not support you, there are people out there that do. Consider joining support groups or community groups of other adoptive families that are in your same situation and have also gone through an interracial adoption.
Choosing an Interacial Adoption for Your Child
Adoption Choices of Arizona is no different than adoption anywhere else. It is still a lengthy process with a lot of emotions. There are many different types of birth mothers and adoptive families. Every family is unique, but they all have the same amount of love to give. We do not want you to worry about anything along the way, and we want you to be confident every step of the way. Interracial adoption is no different during the adoption process. Rather, you will see differences after placement and for the rest of your child’s life.
For 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: Gabriella Dobson was born and raised in Ohio. She is currently a senior at Miami University majoring in professional writing with a focus on editing. She also minors in criminology and general business. She is a skilled barista and enjoys sipping her coffee with a good book in her hand. She is passionate about helping others and making a difference in the lives around her. With her involvement in St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Women Helping Women, she is able to provide resources for those in need of support.