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Adopting a child of a different race than you?

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Everyone has seen the People Magazine cover with Sandra Bullock’s new little adopted son

When my youngest son sat down at the kitchen table last week he made the comment that maybe it wasn’t so good that Bullock’s daughter would be different color than her …

My wife and I both jumped on him….

As long she loved the child…who cared?

(CNN) — “White people adopt black kids to make themselves feel good… A black child needs black parents to raise it.” “Maybe she adopted one because the blacks in the community wouldn’t step forward and adopt?” “What’s the big deal? If no white person ever adopted a black child, they’d be saying why don’t white people adopt black children.” “Who cares what race they are? A woman got a child, a child got a mother…it’s BEAUTIFUL!!! And yes I am black…if it matters.”

These impassioned comments and thousands more poured in earlier this week when CNN published a story on the stirred-up debate surrounding Sandra Bullock’s recent adoption. A People magazine cover photo of the actress beaming at her newly adopted black infant son, and the discussions that have followed, clearly hit a nerve.

So when it comes to transracial adoptions in this country, where are we?

Forty percent of children adopted domestically and internationally by Americans are a different race or culture from their adoptive parents, according to a 2007 National Survey of Adoptive Parents, the most recent study of its kind conducted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Legislation passed by Congress in 1994 and 1996 prohibits agencies getting federal help from discriminating against would-be parents based on race or national origin.

How adoptive parents have approached transracial adoptions has changed with time, says Chuck Johnson, acting chief executive of the National Council for Adoption.

“In the old days, meaning the ’70s and ’80s, there was this notion that these parents need to be colorblind. This sounds wonderful, but by being colorblind you’re denying they’re of a different race and culture,” Johnson says. “Families that are successful are those that acknowledge race. … It’s not a curse. It’s not an impossible feat. They just need to work harder to give a child a sense of self-identity.”



May 6, 2010 - Posted by | Breaking News, Counterpoints, Family, Home, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Updates, Women | ,


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  2. Who gives a shit if Bullock adopted a black child or not, at least she loves the kid.

    Geez folks.

    Comment by Conservative Democrat | May 7, 2010 | Reply

  3. agreed!

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 7, 2010 | Reply

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