Transracial or transcultural adoption refers to the placement of a child who is of one race or ethnic group with adoptive parents of a different race or ethnic group.
When considering transracial or transcultural adoption, the first step is to sit down and examine your beliefs and attitudes about race and ethnicity. Not only should you do this, but the rest of your family should as well.
Think of your past actions. Have you made any assumptions based on race or ethnicity? Examining your own biases towards race is essential. It can help guide you and see if you should think about adopting transracially. Educate yourself in the subject. The right adoption agency has resources for prospective parents looking to adopt transracially.
Deciding to adopt transracially is accepting a huge responsibility. Before you are open to adopting outside your race, you should consider the following:
- Living in a diverse neighborhood
It is crucial for your child to grow up around children who look like them. If you live in a predominantly white neighborhood, your child will feel a sense of estrangement.
- Selecting a school opened to all people
Your child will spend a lot of time at school. Selecting an unbiased school will ensure they will be treated fairly by both the students and faculty.
- Forming close relationships with people of diverse races and cultures
When adopting transracially, you are also adopting new traditions. Aim to keep as much of your child’s culture in their daily life as possible. They need to grow up around people that look like them.
- Valuing multiculturalism
When you value the beauty in multiculturalism, so will your child. Consistently acknowledge the positive contributions that each culture brings to our society. Educate yourself so you can educate them.
- Selecting mentors for your child of their race or culture
Designate a person or persons who can relate to your child in ways that you cannot. Your child needs to be able to talk to someone who understands their struggles and can relate to them.
- Opening to adopting their siblings
It is quite possibly the best thing you can do for your child. Your child should never feel like an outcast in their own home. In adoption, it is recommended for siblings to stay together if possible. It is especially true for those that are transracially adopted.
The saying, “It takes a village,” is especially true when it comes to adopting transracially. For more information or to find out if transracial adoption is right for you, visit our website http://www.afth.org