The Three Key Benefits of Transracial Adoption
No matter how far along you are in your pregnancy, we know that there is one question on your mind: What type of adoptive parents or single should adopt my baby and why? You have considered a wide variety of different adoptive families — LGBT, single, etc — and found an interest within transracial adoption.. Now you’re wondering if a transracial adoption can be successful and what that could look like.
Today, we have three key benefits of transracial adoption that we cannot wait to share with you!
Benefit #1: Breaking Stereotypes
If someone were to view a transracial couple or individual with a baby, they would recognize that the parent(s) are most likely not the baby’s biological parents. Unfortunately, society is very judgemental, and may notice scenarios like that one. Some may react by staring, some may say a word or two.Others may just move along and not say anything. How people react to scenarios like this are very common, and it can be tough for a transracial couple.
But, let’s say that this is your baby’s adoptive family. With your baby being raised by a transracial couple, he or she will quickly learn to recognize what a stereotype is and be able to stand up for his or her family and themselves. Recognizing what a stereotype is early on, and how to fight it, is one of the many benefits of transracial adoption. Your baby will learn that being raised by transracial adoptive parents is something to be proud of, rather than ashamed of.
Benefit #2: Culture Awareness
Transracial adoptive parents do not just consist of a baby born of a different race. They could also consist of two parents who are opposite races of each other. Your baby will be able to learn very early on, that it is important to be culturally aware of others. Not everybody thinks that how one culture does something is okay with another. No two cultures are exactly the same, and your baby would be able to learn early on that one belief in one country could mean something different in another.
Benefit #3: Embracing Diversity
This benefit does, in a way, tie along with recognizing and breaking down stereotypes, but this benefit is a bit different. Diversity in the world today is ever changing. Racism still very much exists, and lots of children are still being raised to believe that racism is okay. With your baby being raised by transracial adoptive parents, he or she will learn that a diverse society should be a target goal. That a diverse society not only comes with more overall acceptance, but also with a more positive outlook on the world.
Teaching your baby about diversity at a young age can help them be more accepting of others and make lifelong connections with different types of people. Your child will truly recognize that we are all equal, regardless of background.
So, is it Beneficial to Have my Baby be Potentially Raised by Transracial Adoptive Parents?
You bet! The world is overall hoping to move towards a more diverse place, and we believe that your baby could help to push society in that direction. It takes just one person to teach others about what it means to treat others equally. Sure, your baby could run into scenarios like the ones we’ve mentioned previously, but the three key benefits of transracial adoption far outweigh any disadvantages. We truly believe that any transracial adoptive parents would love the opportunity to be able to raise your baby.
Remember, though, that we are here to help! Talk to us, or your caseworker about a transracial adoption today. We cannot wait to hear from you!
Meet the Author: Jason Legasse is a rising senior English major studying at Siena College in Loudonville, New York. He hails from the Albany, New York area, but has plans to relocate to sunny Venice, Florida with his mom come Fall. After completing his bachelor’s degree, Jason plans to study General Special Education at Meredith College, where he will earn a Master’s degree and use that to teach middle school Special Education.
Jason is a self-proclaimed introvert with Asperger’s who really enjoys writing. He has a huge passion for helping others, specifically those with disabilities. He is very excited to be working with Adoption Choices over the summer, and looks forward to learning more about the adoption process!