Transracial Adoption: What is the Law? There are different opinions about whether it is right for a family of one race to adopt a child of another. Some people think that race should never be a consideration--that "perfect vision is color blind. This difference of opinion is clearly reflected in the policy statements of many organizations concerned with adoption. Black children belong physically, psychologically and culturally in black families in order that they receive the total sense of themselves and develop a sound projection of their future
Transracial adoption has historically been a controversial subject in the field of adoption. The reality is that when parents enter into transracial adoption without the right preparation, children and families can suffer. Rather, they were glossed over… I am a mixed-race person, and everyone knew it. What my parents did not know how do to and were not encouraged to do was have a practical conversation about it. Dinwoodie continues to assert that more efforts need to be made in preparing families to talk about race in culture if they are interested in pursuing a transracial adoption. Clearly, transracial adoption should not be taken lightly or approached without education and careful consideration.
Adoption counselors know that parenting an adopted child is different from parenting a biological child and that it requires special knowledge and skills. Many counselors are less clear about specialized strengths and abilities needed in transracial adoption and may be unsure of how to assess and enable families seeking such adoption. Families are told during the adoption preparation process that these assumptions are not accurate.
At NACAC, we believe some of the best support an adoptive, foster, or kinship care parent can receive is from another parent. We provide support and resources to parent and youth group leaders and share information with adoptive, foster, and kinship families about groups in their communities. As part of our work, we maintain a database with many adoption-related support groups from across the US and Canada. You can search the database by state or province to find resources in your community.