What is Transracial Adoption?
When you are considering going with the adoption in Colorado, during your research, you will most likely come across transracial adoption. Transracial adoption is when a baby is placed for adoption with an adoptive family of different racial ethnicity. Here at Adoption Choices of Colorado, we are a premier adoption agency in Colorado, and we can help and support you as you create your adoption plan. While creating your adoption plan, you will get to the stage where you get to pick the adoptive family. You will be able to look at our families’ profiles on our waiting list and decide which Family is the best fit for your child. You can ultimately decide that the Family that is the best fit for your child is a family of different racial ethnicities. Transracial adoption can be very beneficial for your child. However, before you begin your adoption journey, it is important for you to know that some issues can arise with transracial adoption and there are ways to overcome them.
Your Child Might Feel Like an Outcast in the Family
At first, the adoptee can feel like they are the outcast in the family because they are of different racial ethnicity. This is a common thing to happen in transracial adoptions, but it is possible to overcome. The adoptive Family can incorporate the culture of the adoptee into their home life. That way, they can feel more comfortable and less of an outcast. With the adoptive Family doing this, it will let the adoptee know that they are not an outcast and they are a member of the Family.
Another factor that can help the adoptee overcome this feeling is the connections they make in the community. As they grow up and explore the community, they will make relationships with others that live near them. These community relationships will help the adoptee feel a part of the community as a whole and not like an outcast.
What Your Child Might Experience During a Transracial Adoption
Throughout the adoptee’s life, they will have to deal with stigmas that surround transracial adoption. When they are with their Family in public, they might see that some people will stare at them. This is because of how they look different from their family members even though they are just as much a part of the Family as their other family members. This can upset the adoptee when they see people doing this, but the adoptive parents just have to explain to them why people will stare and reassure them that they are not different and are a member of the Family and one of them.
Now when it comes to discouraging comments, the parents will just have to reassure the adoptee like they would with people staring in public. These comments can come from anyone. It can be someone they overhear in public, one of their relatives, or one of their friends. These comments can have the same effect that someone staring has. Also, as long as the adoptive parents reassure the adoptee, they will be able to ignore these comments and people starting over time.
Transracial Adoption in Colorado is Growing
Now, these issues are not completely avoidable, but they are starting to not become a problem as much as they have been in the past. Transracial adoption in Colorado and around the world is growing and becoming a more common thing to see. There are more transracial families, and because of this, it has become more acceptable.
Adoption Choices of Colorado is Here for You
Adoption in Colorado is nothing to fear. When you work with us here at Adoption Choices of Colorado, we will do our best to make sure you have a wonderful adoption experience. We will aid you and guide you as you create your adoption plan, and we will answer any questions that you may have. Now, if it turns out that an adoptive family of a different racial ethnicity is the best fit for your child, then a transracial adoption can be your best option. If you are hesitant to proceed forward because you want to know what transracial adoption’s pros and cons are, we will be happy to provide you with the information you need to come to your decision. Contact us today if you are ready to begin your adoption journey.
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: Nickolas Cooney is a senior at Arizona State University working through his final semester to get his bachelor’s degree in Sports Journalism. Nick also attended the University of Alabama for his first year and a half of college when he was a biology major. He decided to move back to Arizona and transfer to ASU when he changed his major because he saw more opportunities at the Walter Cronkite School of Mass Communication and Journalism. Since transferring to ASU, Nick has been a reporter for the AIA in Arizona for a semester and worked with the Phoenix Suns and Rising for stories. While writing about sports and creating content about sports is Nick’s passion. He also is very passionate about playing sports as well. He grew up playing baseball, basketball, and racing motocross. Nick still does his best to ride and race motocross when he has time, but he has been focusing on his schooling and another one of his passions, gaming. Nick is an avid gamer, and he is even a streamer on Twitch. He has built up a fan base to be a part of the Twitch Affiliate program.