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What are the Pros and Cons of a Transracial Adoption in Kansas?

You may have heard of the basics of adoption and how it works. However, if you are looking into having a transracial adoption, there are a few things you need to understand to prepare. There are no major differences in this particular adoption. You will have to create your adoption plan and choose an adoption type from the three basic adoption forms.  

  • Open adoption is when you have open communication with the adoptive family you choose. This contact can also be through one of our local adoption agencies. Forms of communication include letters, emails, in-person visits, video, and phone calls.
  • Semi-open adoption is when you want to communicate with the adoptive family but have some boundaries put in place. You may want a personal relationship or just daily reports on your child’s upbringing. If small communication is what you want, you can email, write letters, and have the adoptive family send photos through Adoption Choices of Kansas. Your adoption specialist can mediate these communications if you also want video or phone calls.
  • Closed adoption is when you decide not to have any form of communication with the adoptive family. 

Once you decide on which type of relationship you want to establish with the adoptive family, you can begin your search for the perfect adoptive family for your child. However, you may be indecisive and have questions. At Adoption Choices of Kansas, we want to reassure you of the benefits and concerns of proceeding with transracial adoption. 

What are the Benefits of Transracial Adoption

This is a cultural opportunity. You will be able to learn about a new race and the culture that comes with it. Your child can grow up being raised in a different kind of environment with people who love them. This can also provide new ways of caretaking through the upholdings of the racial background. It also allows the adoptive family to learn about the child’s background and who you are. There are ways to find common ground despite unique backgrounds. When more racial backgrounds clash, it creates a new form of closeness, understanding, and family. Having a child that two amazing racial backgrounds will raise gives more insight and opportunity for a fulfilling life. 

What are the Concerns of Starting a Transracial Adoption

Race can be a sensitive issue, especially in this day and age. Understanding your adoptive family’s race in an open-minded and respectful way will help with the adoption process. Even if you choose a closed adoption, you still want to base your decision on more than just the race. You want to make sure your values are similar and understand their culture. Going into this blind with no knowledge about their racial background is insensitive to your future child and the adoptive family. You want to make the right decisions. We know you will know what’s best for your child. Just remember to consider all aspects of the adoptive family profile the adoption specialist shows you. 

Another concern is that racial backgrounds and cultures may clash and not benefit your child’s upbringing. You may not share cultural values that can be crossed. You may disagree with how they establish caring for a child. Make sure that their racial background and values align with yours, do your research, and stay informed. 

How Can I Begin My Kansas Transracial Adoption

Once you consider the pros and cons of having a transracial adoption, you can begin. You first start with choosing the adoption type you want and listing your reasons and preferences for each adoptive family. Then, when considering the shared values and race you may prefer, the adoption specialist will provide a list of candidates that may be to your liking. You go from there, making the important decisions that will impact you and your child. 

What Unplanned Pregnancy Help Services are There?

  • Financial Aid: If you need help paying expenses. You can be qualified for grants and loans. Even the adoptive family can chip into paying for your expenses. If you need assistance with food, maternity clothes, rent, transportation, and phone payments, these can be taken care of. 
  • Housing: If you need more hospitable housing during your pregnancy. If you are in between housing or don’t feel safe in your home, for whatever reason, we will provide you with possible housing options if eligible for you. We want you to feel safe and comfortable during this pregnancy, and it starts with space.
  • Medical Assistance: When you may not have medical insurance or a primary doctor, we can give you a list of medical professionals to take over your case. Once you choose which doctor you are comfortable with, we can set up an appointment where you can discuss your birth plan and have daily medical checkups to make sure you and the baby are healthy. 
  • Birth Plan: When going to your medical checkups, your doctor will discuss a birth plan with you. Every decision is yours when it comes to pain relief medicine, having a natural birth or not, who’s in the delivery room, if you want to hold your child, and more. Your adoption specialist will speak on your behalf in regard to your decisions. 
  • Free Counseling: When bringing life into the world, there is pressure and lots of emotions to process. We want you to convey those worries and concerns to someone who cares and will listen. We provide free counseling during your adoption process and after. There is no timeline when taking care of yourself. We are here for you for as long as you want. 

Adoption Choices of Kansas wants to help make sure you are aware of the pros and cons of choosing to put a child up for a transracial adoption. Remember that racial background can be a diversifying experience between you and your adoptive family. However, stay open-minded and educate yourself during this process. Once you have a handle on what you want and are aware of what you want, the rest of the adoption process and the services are up to you. 

Choosing adoption is not giving up. If you need unplanned pregnancy help now, Adoption Choices of Kansas serves birth parents statewide and beyond. We can help with teen pregnancy, financial assistance, difficult situations, and more. Please call us or text us to learn more! Call Us 877-903-4488 or Text Us 316-209-2071

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