3 Benefits of Transracial Adoption For Birth Mothers
It is impossible to live in the United States these days and not be exposed to, or at least have an idea of, the racial divide that exists in this country. Judging by the news, it seems like a large portion of the country is constantly crying out against oppression, and for good reason. So as a birth mother potentially experiencing an unexpected pregnancy, who is also a person of color, it can be stressful trying to figure out where you and your child fit into all this mess. Many people of color place their child up for adoption each year, and because of the changing demographics in this country, this has led to an increase in transracial adoptions. To put it simply, transracial adoptions are when birth mothers choose to give up a baby for adoption and place them with an adoptive family of a different race. While transracial adoptions may seem risky or pose more negatives than positives, they do actually have many benefits. In this article, we’ll walk you through three benefits of transracial adoption, including the exposure a child gets to different races, giving your child the best possible parents, and how a child can learn coping skills so as to better navigate their racial identity.
Benefits of Transracial Adoption For Birth Mothers
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1: Exposure to Other Races or Ethnicities
Placing a child with a family of a different race, as a person of color, can greatly benefit your child. The benefit of this is that it allows you to give your child a chance to gain early exposure to different races and ethnicities and understand their own differences. These benefits can also be amplified if your child’s adoptive family lives in a more diverse area and your child has the opportunity to interact with these different groups. Perhaps your child will be able to partake in their adoptive family’s culture, which would only further enrich their life and their bond with their adoptive parents. As the birth mother, you have the power to give your child this opportunity.
2: Better Coping Skills
This section actually goes hand-in-hand with the previous one about the benefits of exposure to other races. Now, labeling this section as “better coping skills” may seem odd because a child who is a person of color should not have to cope with their racial difference. When we say this, we mean that by virtue of being a person of color in this country, your child will be a minority. This means that their experience in this country will be fundamentally different, even if the adoptive parents are racially different from them. However, the benefit of choosing transracial adoption is that you are giving both your child and their adoptive parents the opportunity to have open conversations about these racial differences. In a way, choosing transracial adoption forces your child to accept that they are different and, most importantly, that that is okay. They will grow up in a household where their family doesn’t look like them, but they will be surrounded by love nonetheless. This will teach your child that their differences don’t have to sever relationships. Instead, they can foster even stronger relationships by having parents who accept these differences and engage in an open conversation about them. To ensure that these conversations take place and that you choose parents who understand the importance of this, have a conversation with your adoption specialist. Doing so will clarify your adoption options and how you can play a role in your child’s development if you choose.
3: Giving Your Child The Best Parents Possible
One often forgotten benefit of transracial adoptions is that they give you access to more parent profiles, or rather they open your mind up to different parent profiles. Here at Adoption Choices of Colorado, we would encourage an all-encompassing, holistic approach to choosing adoptive parents. This means that it is best to look at everything prospective parents may provide and every quality they possess that may make them a good parent for your child. Being open to transracial adoption means that you can be open to a greater portion of parent profiles and therefore be able to give your child a better shot at having the best parents possible.
Choosing Transracial Adoption
Transracial adoption may not be for everybody, but if you’re open to it, then it can provide your child with many great opportunities throughout their life. As you can see, transracial adoptions are common and beneficial. Every adoption is different, so it is no surprise that transracial adoptions come with their own circumstances. Of course, no one can make your decision for you, and at the end of the day, you should trust your own judgment. That being said, it can always be a great option if you’re open to it.
At Adoption Choices of Colorado, we want to see birth mothers succeed during their adoption journey. Our job is to work with you so that you can tackle the adoption process head-on and feel confident every step of the way.
If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy and want to learn more about your adoption options, contact Adoption Choices of Colorado by email, phone, or text: Email Us, Text us: 720-371-1099, Call us: 303-670-4673 (HOPE). If you are hoping to adopt, please contact us here.
Meet the author: David T. Garcia is currently a student at Syracuse University working towards his degree in English with a concentration in film. He is a resident of Northern New Jersey and spends much of his time in New York City, whether it be for business or pleasure. David is looking forward to graduation so he can begin his life and pursue his ambitions. He has dreams of moving out to New York City and working as a young professional in the content writing space while also working on his own screenplays. In his free time, David enjoys spending time with family as well as watching movies and reading books. He has a passion for travel and looks forward to new experiences.