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Transracial Adoptions

Choosing a Family of Another Race, Ethnicity for Your Baby

Transracial adoption refers to the adoption of a child that is of a different race than that of the adoptive parents. Each year, American Adoptions works with hundreds of pregnant women from all types of backgrounds - including Caucasian (white), Hispanic, African-American (black), biracial, Asian, Native American, etc.

As adoption continues to grow throughout the U.S., so does the number of transracial families. As of the 2000 Census, 1.3 million households included at least one adopted child under the age of 18. Of the 1.3 million adoptive households, 17 percent of those were interracial.

Just as American Adoptions works with pregnant women from all kinds of backgrounds, the same also applies for our waiting families. Our agency works with families from all backgrounds, including different religions, ethnicities, interracial couples and couples living outside of the United States. Our agency understands the importance of helping you find an adoptive family that meets all of your wants and needs for your child. No matter what race, culture, ethnicity, religion, etc. you are looking for in an adoptive family, we will help you find that family for your child.

African-American/Biracial Adoption

Each year, thousands of African-American and biracial children are adopted in the U.S. by both African-American couples and couples of another race. Many of the children available for adoption in the U.S. are African-American or biracial, creating a need for adoptive families to adopt these children.

According to the 2002 National Survey of Family Growth, 35 percent of African-American women have considered adopting a child, followed by 34 percent of Caucasian women and 31 percent of Hispanic women. However, African-American couples pursuing the adoption of a child are often quickly chosen by pregnant women that are carrying an African-American or biracial child because they want their child to grow up in a home with parents of a similar racial background, leaving many couples of another race to continue their wait. However, more and more pregnant women are looking beyond race and are choosing to place their child with a waiting family that is of a different racial background.

American Adoptions works with hundreds of families each year of all different types of racial backgrounds that are hoping to adopt an African-American or biracial child. Just as they must undergo a rigorous background check and approval process prior to beginning the adoption process, American Adoptions also carefully evaluates each of its waiting families to ensure that they can provide a loving home for a child. No matter what race or ethnicity your baby is, you can rest assured that our waiting families will provide the life that you hope for your child.

Hispanic Adoption

Many of the pregnant women we work with are carrying a baby of a Hispanic background. In addition, American Adoptions works with many Hispanic adoptive families. However, there are statistically fewer Hispanic couples who pursue the adoption of a child. According to the 2002 National Survey of Family Growth, just 31 percent of Hispanic women have considered adopting a child. Because of this, there are more waiting families that are of another race than there are Hispanic families pursuing adoption. American Adoptions encourages all of our non-Hispanic families that are hoping to adopt a Hispanic child to study Hispanic culture, traditions and food to provide their child with a connection to their Hispanic background. Our agency also encourages these families to connect their child with other Hispanic children through playgroup, church or other community activities. It has been our experience that many families embrace their adopted child's ethnicity and culture and celebrate it with them as they they grow. Because the Hispanic culture is also very diverse, we encourage you to provide the adoptive family with some of your favorite cultural stories, traditions, recipes, etc. so that they may share this with your child as they grow.

Asian Adoption

American Adoptions works to connect pregnant women of all races, ethnicities and cultures with a loving family to raise their child. Just as in the case of Hispanic adoptive couples, there are less Asian waiting families than there are families of other races. However, American Adoptions works with hundreds of families each year that are hoping to adopt a child with an Asian background. Our agency encourages these families to study Asian culture, traditions, holidays and food so they can share them with their adopted child. Because the Asian culture is also very diverse, you may also wish to provide the adoptive family you choose with a special keepsake book detailing your favorite cultural stories, traditions and other items that they will be able to share with your child as they grow.

Native American Adoption

The Native American culture is a diverse one. Within this group, there are different tribes, each with its own traditions and stories. American Adoptions works with many waiting families with a Native American background, however there are significantly more waiting families available that are of a different cultural background. American Adoptions counsels each of our adoptive families that are hoping to adopt a child with a Native American background to carefully study their adopted child's tribal history in order to share with them the stories and traditions of their tribe. If you wish, you may also provide a keepsake book detailing your favorite tribal stories, celebrations and traditions so that the adoptive family may share this with your child as they grow.

Search our waiting families! If you are still unsure whether or not there is a waiting family that matches your situation, search our families! You may also contact American Adoptions 24 hours a day at 1-800-ADOPTION.

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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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