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Finding African American Families Looking to Adopt

As you begin your search for a loving family to adopt your baby, you may want to choose an African American family that shares your culture and heritage. Although an adoptive parent of any race would love to adopt your baby, we understand the significance of finding a family that will understand your child’s racial and cultural identity.

For mothers of African descent or those looking to embrace the richness of African culture, finding a family who shares similar values and traditions is possible when you work with us. We work with hundreds of adoptive families from different races, religions and backgrounds and we’re ready to help you find African American adoptive families that can give your child the life you want for them.

To start looking for African American adoptive families, browse our waiting families page to view African American adoption profiles. You can also reach out to us for personalized support as you search for the perfect family for your baby.

Shared Cultural Traditions within African American Adoptive Families

Our commitment is to help you find African American families looking to adopt that resonate with your cultural background. Choosing an African American adoptive family in the U.S. who values cultural traditions can lay the foundation for a strong, interconnected relationship.

If you’re looking for African American adoptive families, then here are some characteristics of families from the most well-known populations:

Nigerian American Adoptive Families

Nigerian American families looking to adopt often uphold vibrant cultural celebrations, like traditional weddings. These families may speak Nigerian languages such as Yoruba, Igbo or Hausa and often have a strong respect for elders and value family ties. Your child can grow up enjoying dishes like Jollof Rice or Pounded Yam served with Egusi soup.

Ethiopian American Adoptive Families

Ethiopian American families who want to adopt a baby uphold a rich cultural heritage, often celebrating religious festivals like Timkat. Amharic, the official language of Ethiopia, might be spoken at home and these families often take price in history and respect for tradtions. Your child can savor Injera served with Doro Wat, a flavorful spicy chicken stew.

Ghanaian American Adoptive Families

Ghananian American families who want to adopt a baby cherish unity and hospitality, often celebrating cultural festivals such as Homowo. Some families may maintain the use of Akan languages like Twi or Ga and often put an emphasis on community, respect and closeness. Your child can savor delectable Ghana dishes, such as Banku with Tilapia or Fufu paired with light soup.

Kenyan American Adoptive Families

Kenyan American families looking to adopt take pride in diverse cultural traditons, celebrating events like Jamhuri Day. Swahili, Kenya’s national language, may be spoken in the household, helping to foster a connection to Kenyan heritage. Your child can share dishes like Ugali, a staple made from maize flour, accompanied by Sukuma Wiki, a tasty collard greens dish.

Somali American Adoptive Families

Somali American families who want to adopt a baby value resilience and community support, often celebrating traditional ceremonies like Henna. Somalian families often value strong family bonds and Islamic traditions. Your child can enjoy Somali cuisine like Somali rice dish Bariis Iskukaris or Sambusas, savory filled pastries.

Egyptian American Adoptive Families

Egyptian American families looking to adopt take pride in Egypt’s ancient history and cultural heritage often celebrating festivals like Sham el-Nessim. Arabic is the official language and may be spoken at home. Your child can indulge in dishes like Kushari, a comforting mix of rice, lentils and pasta topped with a spicy tomato sauce and caramelized onions.

Moroccan American Adoptive Families

Moroccan American families who want to adopt a baby celebrate festivals like Eid al-Fitr and embrace the art of Moroccan henna ceremonies. Hospitality and family bonds are a foundational within Moroccan values. Your child can enjoy flavorful Moroccan cuisine such as Tagine, a slow cooked stew, or Couscous, a dish made from semolina.

Embracing Shared Heritage in Open Adoption

Open adoption gives you the chance to incorporate cultural traditions into your child’s life. Engaging in an open relationship with the adoptive family allows for the exchange of cultural knowledge, traditions and experiences. It ensures your child grows up with an understanding if their heritage, helping to create a stronger sense of self.

Through open adoption, African American adoptive families can learn more about how you celebrate cultural holidays and can gain a deeper understanding of each other’s heritage.  This can help foster a strong and meaningful relationship between you, your child and the adoptive family.

How to Find African American Adoptive Families

If you're looking to find an African American adoptive family, then working with us takes you one step closer toward finding the right fit for your baby. Our full-service support includes:

We understand that choosing adoption is a challenging decision, which is why all services provided by our agency come at absolutely no cost to you. Our support is unwavering—we'll help you before, during and after the adoption process is complete. Our goal is to help you find African American families looking to adopt, helping you move forward and build the life you’ve always wanted for your child.

Our Commitment to Your Journey

We’re dedicated to helping you find an African American adoptive family that will honor your cultural heritage. Whether you’re looking for Nigerian, Ethiopian, Ghanaian or Kenyan American adoptive families, we know what it takes to help you find the right family for your baby.

Our promise is to support you in finding an African American family looking to adopt who will cherish your values, traditions and heritage.

Whatever it may be, finding African American families with us has never been easier. Fill out this form or call 1-800-ADOPTION now to speak with us and start your search for the perfect family.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why is American Adoptions the right adoption agency choice for many birth mothers?

American Adoptions is one of the largest licensed adoption agencies in the United States. Each year, we work with thousands of women who are facing an unplanned pregnancy and offer assistance to these women. Our large, caring staff is able to assist you seven days a week and provide you with one-on-one counseling about your pregnancy and available options.

You should choose an adoption agency where you feel completely comfortable with their services and staff. With American Adoptions, you will work with an Adoption Specialist who is on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Adoption Specialist will be your advocate and will provide support and guidance as you create an adoption plan that is right for you.

How will the family tell my child about me and the adoption when my child is older?

Each family has their own style of introducing adoption to the child. When you are matched with an adoptive family, you can ask them this question. If you would like your Adoption Specialist to discuss it for you, just let her know. He or she can share your wishes or provide good ideas from other adoptive families.

You will also be able to share what you want your baby to know about you. You can complete a keepsake booklet to share hobbies, stories, photos of you and your family and a letter to your baby. The adoptive family can provide this to your child as he or she grows older. Be as creative as you like! Some birth mothers have even knitted a special blanket as a gift to their baby or given a similar symbol of their love.

The father of your baby can fill out the birth father's keepsake booklet or write a letter too. You may have other family members who would also like to share photos or a letter to the baby. This is your opportunity to pass on your and your family's love and to share your personality, history and reasons for choosing adoption. The adoptive family will treasure whatever information you provide and will share it with the baby at an appropriate age. In most adoptive homes, the word adoption is in the child's vocabulary early on, and adoption is celebrated in their lives.

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