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Transracial Adoptees Speak Up and Some Parents have Some Recommendations

From popular TV shows and Hollywood films to reading about Angelina Jolie’s adoption of ethnically different children, foreign adoption is usually blurred between the lines of doing an act of kindness and stealing a child away from their country of origin and culture. In a New York Times article titled “Adoption Across Racial and Ethnic Lines: ‘These Relationships Are Always Going to Be in Flux'” a video conversation between two New York Times journalists and two women of color raised inside their adoptive White families discuss their experience growing up as children of a transracial background from their parents. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/10/reader-center/adoption-across-race-ethnic-lines.html
The women spoke about their constant struggle for ethnocultural empathy within their homes. Transracial adoptees deal with racism happening outside of their adoptive household for which they might not be prepared for if their adoptive parents have chosen not to disclose such situations. Transracial adoptees also struggle with cultural distress when visiting their country of origin and not finding a connection with their culture at birth.
The project pushes for extra support made available to transracial adoptees struggling with an extra set of issues on top of the standard biological identity crisis. The female adoptees mention counseling and mental health aid, but most importantly parents’ role essential in helping their adoptee children go through issues involving ethno-cultural identity and racism. Comments in the video made by other adoptive parents gave suggestions and aims to parents of transracial adoptees and parents looking to adopt a transracial child. The suggestions included adoptive parents picking children of their same race such as African Americans. Some mothers mentioned the need for open conversations inside the home and inclusivity forming a big part of the child’d upbringing. Lastly, a mother recommended looking into other books written by adopted children in order to gage a deeper understanding of the child’s self-conflicts.

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