Choosing a Texas Transracial Adoption
The topic of adoption is often filled with a variety of rumors and myths that unfortunately place a stigma on the beauty of adoption. Many birth mothers are discouraged from considering adoption as an option for their child because of these very myths. Combine this with the stigma towards adoption that varies based on your racial or ethnic community, and the topic becomes even more taboo. In many instances, some of the stereotypes centered around adoption come from the misunderstanding that adoption is a choice made by certain people. Whether these “types” are affluent people, or whoever else does not matter because the effect is that expectant mothers dealing with an unexpected pregnancy may feel discouraged from choosing adoption out of fear of repercussion in the form of judgment from their loved ones or community in general.
Here at Adoption Choices of Texas, we want to provide excellent, professional, and compassionate service to every birth mother we work with. We are a team of seasoned adoption specialists who understand that every birth mother has a different story with their own specific concerns related to adoption. Because of this, we have an understanding of the challenges that birth mothers face and how these challenges become more nuanced depending on the communities they belong to. We hope to provide you with facts about African American adoption to show you why you are not alone and provide you with information as to why transracial adoption may be a good option for any birth mother considering adoption.
Statistics About African Americans Choosing Adoption
In 2017 a series of statistics were compiled that illuminate realities of African American birth rates and adoption rates. , The State of America’s Children compiled this, and some of the more prominent facts go as follows:
- Over 300 African American babies are born into poverty each day.
- A portion of these children is born into extreme poverty, which has been defined as lacking basic human needs. These needs include food, drinking water, education, as well as many more.
- There are approximately 136 African American children birthed by teen mothers each day.
- African American children comprise 14 percent of the total population of children in the United States however they comprise 23 percent of the adopted population.
While these are unfortunate statistics that should be taken seriously, it is also fair to suggest that there may be a silver lining to acknowledge. These distressing facts reveal that adoption may prove very beneficial to the African American community and that there may be value in breaking the stigma around adoption so that children can be given a second chance at life.
Is Transracial Adoption Right For Me?
Now in regard to transracial adoption, which can be defined as placing a child up for adoption with a family that does not share the same racial background, this can also be a great option for African American expectant mothers considering adoption. Transracial adoption provides a series of benefits for both the birth mother and their child. For communities that may struggle to accept adoption as a legitimate practice, transracial adoption can be a great way to begin breaking stereotypes. The United States is an incredibly diverse country full of many different, beautiful cultures. Transracial adoptions allow your child to mix and share these cultures, which can be an invaluable experience for them as they grow into adulthood. That all being said, transracial adoptions may also pose challenges. Perhaps the most obvious challenge is that there will be some people who make your child feel “other” or don’t accept the adoptive parents’ decision to adopt a child who does not share the same race. While ignorance and bigotry are fading more and more as time goes on, they are still present in our country. Choosing transracial adoption means understanding the reality of the situation by doing plenty of research and heavily weighing the pros and cons. It is a decision that requires grit but can be just as rewarding and beneficial as any other type of adoption.
Choosing Adoption Choices of Texas For Your Adoption
Adoption Choices of Texas understands that choosing to place a baby for adoption is not an easy choice and that there are many decisions to be made throughout your adoption journey that may require guidance. We want to be the team that provides you with the necessary guidance for your adoption journey.
As an expectant woman or birth parent, to learn more about adoption, contact Adoption Choices of Texas. You can call us at 888-307-3340, text us at 888-307-3340, or email us here. If you are hoping to adopt, please visit us here. We look forward to helping you through your adoption journey!
Adoption Choices of Texas es la única agencia de adopción con servicios completamente en esapñol en el estado de Texas. Si está embarazada y necesita ayuda, llámenos o envíenos un mensaje de texto y uno de nuestros especialistas en adopción podrá ayudarlo. Podemos ayudarte con la adopcion de niños. Para obtener más información sobre el proceso de adopción como una mujer embarazada o una madre biológica, comuníquese con Adoption Choices of Texas. Para español llamar: 888-510-5029
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