Transracial Adoption

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Transracial Adoption

Argument AgainstThe National Association of Black Social Workers has referred to transracial adoptions as a form of “cultural genocide.” They argue that the cultural and racial identity of these children will be lost when they are adopted by a family of a different race, and that they will have a more difficult time coping with cultural prejudices that they will face as they grow older. Another argument against transracial adoption is racism and bias within the foster care and adoption agencies, and that not enough work is being done in black communities promoting adoption is being done. Other people and organizations against transracial adoption say that white families will not be able to be raise the children to properly raise a child in today’s society, regarding factors such as racial history and prejudices. They argue that love is not enough, and children raised in this environment will face problems with self-image and understanding and dealing with racism.

Transracial adoption is where parents of one race adopt a child of another race, and raise that child in their family, and most of the controversy surrounds black children being adopted by white families.

The Bean TreesIn the Bean Trees, Taylor informally adopts Turtle, a Native American baby girl near a Cherokee reserve. This qualifies as interracial adoption, as Turtle and Taylor are of different races, and this directly relates to the idea of interracial adoption. As Turtle ages in the care of Taylor, one could argue that she would be separated from her racial history with the Cherokee Nation. Turtle will not be able to embrace her identity as a member of the Cherokee Nation by birth. She may also face racial prejudices later in life, and may not be equipped to properly deal with them. On the flip side, Turtle obtained a loving mother, and Taylor gained a new family. Turtle’s race didn’t matter to Taylor, and Turtle had been saved from whatever suffering that she may have undergone when living at the reserve.

Transracial Adoption

Argument For Arguments by Proponents for transracial adoption are backed by studies showing the successful transition of mixed race children, and state that the adoption will not affect their cultural identity. Groups such as the NAACP actually support transracial adoption. Celebrities such as Sandra Bullock and Madonna have adopted mixed racial children, and some proponents have rallied around this. Proponents recognize that children have the potential to lose their racial identity, and urge parents considering this form of adoption to be prepared to educate their children of their cultural past. Another need in their adjusted education would be dealing with racial prejudices that may arise. They also say that interracial adoption is a simple solution for keeping children out of foster care and providing them with families, and that adoptees shouldn’t be judged on their skin color. Statistics show that of the children available for adoption, 30% are black, 39% are white, and the rest are mainly Hispanic and Asian. 73% of adoptions are done by white families.

Celebrity Madonna with her daughter and adopted son

"Forty percent of children adopted domestically and internationally by Americans are a different race or culture from their adoptive parents"-CNN News Network

"The controversy over race-mixing has kept thousands of black children in foster care, even though white couples are willing to adopt them" -Maureen McManus

For me, I don’t believe transracial adoption should be a big of a deal as it is. I’m not saying that race doesn’t matter at all, or that the society we live in isn’t racist anymore. Racism still exists, not as much as it did 50 years ago, but it still present today. I think that families who are considering transracial adoption need to be prepared to educate their children on their racial history and culture, and be willing to have discussions on prejudices that they may face in the future. As long as the families are willing to undergo these additional difficulties in raising the child, the family should be free to adopt a baby of a different race as they choose. In court, the race of the parent or child is not a valid reason to prevent or slow the adoption process, and I support that. I also believe that this form of adoption is far preferable to the child remaining in foster care, as they will have a much better future as part of a family.

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