What is Transracial Adoption?

February 10, 2021

By Adoption Choices of Florida

What is Transracial Adoption?

What does transracial adoption mean? In simple terms, it means a baby who is placed with an adoptive family of a different race. This means, as a birth mother, you don’t have to choose someone from your own race or background to give your child the life you envision for him or her. In fact, choosing a transracial adoptive family may be a way to help your child embrace diversity and become more accepting of others as they grow. So, just because an adoptive family doesn’t share the same race doesn’t mean that your child will be any less loved. 

If you are interested in learning more about what transracial adoption is, Adoption Choices of Florida is here to help. Here are some things to consider before placing your child for adoption with an adoptive family of a different racial background than you. 

Reviewing Different Cultures with Transracial Adoption

If you are thinking of choosing an adoptive family outside your race, you may want to consider doing a more in-depth search about the other culture and how that could impact you and your child. Learn what holidays are important, food, music, and other things you find essential about your own culture. See what aspects of culture are most important to the adoptive family and how they celebrate them in their day-to-day lives. All of this can give you insight into various cultures and help you know which one(s) stand out to you. 

Choosing the right adoptive family — especially outside your own race — may be hard to do. Yet, this is why learning about the different cultures within transracial adoption is so important. Every race, ethnicity and culture has its own pros and cons, and you’ll want to know as much as you can so you can make an informed and confident decision when choosing transracial adoption. 

Interviewing an Transracial Adoptive Family

When you’re ready to meet the prospective adoptive family you have selected, be sure to have questions prepared. Ask how they plan to implement your child’s heritage and origin post placement. If they are aware of the health, skin and hair conditions that come with your culture, and how they plan to handle those. For instance, African American hair is very different than that of Causian. Different shampoos, care and brushes must be utilized to ensure proper upkeep. 

Be sure to also ask the adoptive family about their lives, and how they celebrate their culture. Work with your adoption caseworker if you need help coming up with other questions to ask. We will help you write down ones that will guide your conversation and prevent any potential awkwardness in the beginning. That way, you will feel confident when during your first conversation and no important questions will get overlooked.

Finding Support in a Transracial Adoption

While in the process of choosing a transracial family to adopt your baby, it would be great to find support to help you through it. Finding a counselor would be a great first step. An adoption counselor can help you work through any emotions or concerns you have about the adoption process as a whole. They are there to help teach you how to cope with stress and the many reactions you may receive from friends and family. 

As a birth mother, you should also try to find friends and family to support you during your adoption journey as well. As they know you, you’ll be able to rely on them to help you work through problems you may experience during the pregnancy and choosing your adoptive family. They can also be there as a 2nd voice and give an outside look at difficult decisions. It is always good to rely on those you love and who can support you. 

What is Transracial Adoption?

While placing your baby up for adoption outside your race is scary, there are waiting adoptive parents who are excited to create a happy, healthy, blended family.  Transracial adoptions can be very beneficial and positive for all parties involved. You may be surprised at how a transracial adoption can impact both you and your child for the better.

If you are wanting to place your baby through transracial adoption, Adoption Choices of Florida will let you know everything you need to know to help you have a successful adoption experience. 

If you are a pregnant woman in Florida considering adoption, and have any questions or concerns about the adoption process, please don’t hesitate to reach out. For more information on adoption, visit us at Adoption Choices of Florida or call us at: (833) 352-3678