Three Ways You Can Celebrate Black History Month in a Transracial Adoption
Black History Month begins on February 1st! It is a yearly celebration of achievements made by black men or women. The said accomplishments can historically take place decades ago or recently as of last year. Also, the month brings light to social justice issues that many are unaware of happening years before their birth. Here at Adoption Choices of Colorado, we celebrate Black History Month with a diverse staff we honor at such an important time. To add on, we have had plenty of birth mothers or more that are black come to us and utilize our services. Adoption Choices of Colorado is a private adoption agency located in Colorado that serves the local birth mothers of the community seeking to put their baby up for adoption. We tell birth mothers that they are part of our family even after the adoption process is over. The same will be said to you if you decide to utilize and come to our adoption agency in Colorado.
Transracial Adoption in Colorado and Embracing Cultural and Racial Differences
In the past years, we have seen a spike in transracial adoption, which is when a couple adopts a child of a different race than them. On television, scripted shows are spreading awareness of such a beautiful aspect of a Colorado adoption. However, there is still a deep stigma surrounding transracial adoption due to history and more. Many birth mothers are afraid that their child won’t grow up and understand the disadvantage they may have due to the color of their skin. There are plenty of reasons why and the only way that can change is through education. As a birth mother, you may be reading this and nodding your head in agreement, but we want you to know that transracial adoption is beautiful even though you have fears. We have witnessed plenty of families adopt children of a different race than them.
With Black History Month arriving, you may be a birth mother that is choosing a family of a different race to raise your child. Educating them on the likes of your race and culture during the adoption process would be important. But, that solely depends on the types of adoption you decide to utilize. If you would like to develop a relationship with your baby’s adoptive parents and after the adoption process is over, you would choose open adoption. Not just the adoptive parents, but your baby as well. Down below will consist of three different ways you can celebrate Black History Month with your baby’s adoptive parents!
- Black Figures: On the regular, at school, or within the media, the same black historical figures are discussed. It is beautiful because they wouldn’t have shaped society into what it is today without them. However, there are multiple black figures today that are not necessarily taught to society unless we conduct our research. As you can see in the news, learning about Black History is being banned in some states. That means people will have to teach themselves and their children. Having a conversion about those that matter to you and has paved the way for you in a way with the adoptive parents of your baby is important. They may not know much about such figures, and when you are not there as your child’s parent, they can discuss these topics with them as they become older.
- Protective Hairstyles: When it comes to boys, hair does not take as many steps to care for it compared to girls. When it comes to black boys, they will need more care and certain barbers to cut or do their hair differently than any other race. As for black girls, there are multiple hair textures, and they are all beautiful! However, black girls have to have protective hairstyles and products put into their hair daily for moisture and prevent breakage. The protective hairstyles come in the form of braids with their own hair or with hair added on. Having this conversation with your baby’s adoptive parents before they are born is more than important. Hair is part of black culture, and it takes so much care in order for black boys and girls to leave the house with their hair in the state they want. It would be a great asset to teach the adoptive parents about products to use and introduce them to hairstylists that you may know or have heard about. Even teaching them ways to do hair or sending them tutorials to watch can be helpful. Black History is about embracing the culture of black people as well, and hair is definitely its entity playing a role in black culture.
- Discussing the Differences Amongst You All: As people, we understand when those parts of society say, “I don’t see color.” however, there are people in the world that do, and that being said, it seems like the person denies the true issues that plague this country. As a birth mother, telling and comparing the differences to the adoptive family that they shall have with your baby will have begun the process of understanding. You want your baby to grow up with their identity intact. On shows, you have seen adopted children feel like they don’t know who they really are when adopted by someone of a different race. Showing love is not enough, and you want your child to feel accepted.
Depending on the type of adoption, these methods can be utilized after the adoption process is over! Black History Month is about education, and adoptive parents need to be taught just like any person if they want to understand. Giving your child love is not the only asset to raising a child.
Education Is Important at Adoption Choices of Colorado
If you are a mother facing an unplanned pregnancy in Colorado, never hesitate to contact us. We accept women of all races, sizes, and more with love and care. With 24/7 hours of operation, you can contact us through call, text, or our portal. We will definitely contact you back and welcome you to our family!
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.
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