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Why You Need to Be Honest About Race in Your Adoption Preferences

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on March 24, 2017

We recently came across a great article, Stunning Photos Of Biracial Twins Reveal The Absurdity Of Racism (IMAGES), and can see a connection to adoption choices and preferences.

Hopeful adoptive parents should check their expectations if they have a certain “racial makeup” in mind that they are, or are not, open to. For example, if a biracial adoptive couple is seeking a match with a woman pregnant with a baby who would essentially be half Caucasian and half African American, they should be aware that genetics, such as with these twins, can only predict so much when it comes to the appearance of a child. It’s impossible to control a child’s skin tone or features. At Lifetime, we’ve worked with adoptive couples of all races who have had to address fears or hang-ups about being a “picture perfect” family, based on tradition or their own family’s expectations. As with the amazing biracial twins mentioned in the article above, even a biological parent of mixed race doesn’t necessarily influence the skin tone or facial features of a child. We see these rare and beautiful twins as a great example of loving a child as an individual, for their unique gifts and abilities to be nurtured and directed through healthy parenting. As the article states, where does the line between “Caucasian” or “African American” end, especially for children of mixed race?

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Topics: adoption preferences, race preferences, race preferences in adoption, ethnicity preferences in adoption, biracial adoption