Love comes in all shapes and sizes, all backgrounds and cultures. Love does not discriminate. This goes for all sorts of relationships, whether romantic, friendship or family. As time has passed, more parents have turned to adoption to build their happy ending. Adoption, just like love, comes in many forms.
One type of adoption to consider is transracial adoption. This is when the adoptive parents and their adopted child are not of the same race or ethnicity. Transracial adoption need not be controversial, but should be embraced with an open discussion and thoughtful consideration.
Adopting a child is a life-long commitment. You should do extensive research on what adoption style will be right for you. If you have any inquiries, contact your adoption expert at Adoption Choices of New York. We specialize in domestic infant adoption, and are dedicated to ensuring that you’re connected with the child who will best fit in your family. With that said, here are a few reasons why you should consider transracial adoption.
You Learn about Different Cultures
One major benefit of transracial adoption is that you have a unique opportunity to learn about and embrace different cultures. When your baby comes from a different background than you, it’s a special circumstance where you can explore other traditions, heritage and learn more about the world. Learning a new language has also been proven to improve brain activity, memory, and intelligence. If you are someone interested in world events and want to embrace diversity, those reasons contribute to why you should consider transracial adoption.
The benefits don’t stop with you; they also impact your child. Children who are adopted into a family of a different race will grow up bring surrounded by a variety of customs that will positively develop their character. It will expand their views, along with yours, about the world we live in, and they will understand people with diverse backgrounds. If you already have children of your own, growing up with transracial siblings will allow them to respect the mix of cultures the world has to offer.
Parents and Child Become more Open-Minded People
By learning about different cultures, adoptive parents and children alike will become more open-minded people and appreciate everyone equally. As you start to learn more about your child’s culture, you may want to incorporate some new traditions and customs into your family. Doing so is likely to be greatly beneficial to you and your child. Likewise, the child you adopt will be immersed in a new culture and will have a different perspective than you. Embracing your child’s race and ethnicity is likely to help your child have a better appreciation of where he or she came from and their genetic heritage. You should educate yourself and your child about various traditions and holidays. As a result, you will build a closer bond with your child as you are valuing their birth culture and celebrating your unique likenesses and differences.
If You just Feel that Connection
Love at first sight does not pertain to only romantic relationships. In fact, love sees past barriers and colors. Love at first sight can happen when you are on the adoption journey. Whether it’s seeing the baby for the first time or simply clicking immediately with the birth parents, such connections are precious and hard to break. It’s the tingle in your fingertip, the feeling of ease and comfort, where your gut is telling you, “This is it.” While it is hard to put into words, you should trust your heart, because only you know what’s best for yourself and your family.
Consider Transracial Adoption
Just like other adoption choices, transracial adoption requires unique efforts. Adoption is a lifetime commitment and before making your decision, we recommend that you explore all the options available first. If you would like to discuss transracial adoption further, then our adoption experts at Adoption Choices of New York will be happy to connect you to your happy ending.
Adoption Choices of New York
For more information on adoption or if you are currently in the process of adopting a baby and have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact, Adoption Choices of New York.
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Adoption Choices, Inc. is partnering with Crowdrise, a fundraising website for nonprofits, to help our adoptive parents and birth parents with much needed financial assistance. We understand that expenses keep clients from fulfilling their dreams. Both with birth parents making a plan for adoption, and with adoptive parents growing their family. It is our mission to provide financial assistance through grants and scholarships, awarded annually in November, in honor of National Adoption Month. Funds assist adoptive parents with matching and placements, adoption finalization and helping birth mothers improve their lives through higher education — and much more.
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About the Author
Lisa Truong is an undergraduate journalism major at the University of Denver. She is minoring in writing and Chemistry. She has been commended by professors for her news stories as well as creative writing.
During her freshman year, her essay “See Ya on the Other Side” was displayed at a writing exhibition sponsored by the University of Denver. That essay later went on to be published in Many Voices One DU, a book also sponsored by the university.
Lisa frequently volunteers to be a leader at the Daniels School of Business for their quarterly Ethics Boot Camp where students learn about the importance of character in business. In her free time, Lisa enjoys watching animated movies with her mother, listening to music, going for bike rides, and eating breakfast food.
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