Considering Transracial Adoption?
While there are no "right" answers to the following questions, you will want to think about your response to each one as you plan your transracial adoption.
Do you live in an integrated neighborhood, so that your child will be able to attend an integrated school? If not, would you consider moving to a new neighborhood?
Do you have friends of different races and ethnic groups? Do you visit one another's homes regularly?
Do you attend multicultural festivals?
Do you enjoy different kinds of ethnic foods?
How will you respond to people who make negative comments or stare? Can you do it in a way that will help your child feel good about himself or herself?
Are you ready to help your family deal with the racial bias you might face together?
Adapted from a National Adoption Information Clearinghouse factsheet, "Transracial and Transcultural Adoption," available at www.calib.naic/pubs/f_trans.htm.
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