Interracial adoptions happen all of the time. This is a trend that affects both domestic and international adoptions. These statistics show that this belief is not something that should have so much faith. It only makes sense that most international adoptions would also be interracial adoptions. Most families in the United States are of a European descent, while most families in China are going to be of an Asian decent. With the bulk of adoptions occurring between these two nations, then many of them are going to end up being interracial in nature. This also brings up a hidden statistic: since mostly girls are adopted from China, but the overall gender percentages are rather equal, it means that boys are more likely to be adopted everywhere else in the world, on average.
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Karen Valby is a writer who lives in Austin, Texas. She and her husband, who are white, have two adopted daughters, one Ethiopian and one African- American. Robyn Wells believed she went into the adoption of her Ethiopian son with eyes wide open. She and her husband Timothy, a police officer and Army veteran, who served two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan, brought Ben home when he was four years old. The Wells are white and live in Champaign, Illinois, a multi-cultural Big Ten university town and have gone to some effort to create a diverse environment for their son and three biological daughters. First, she says of her awakening, there was the shooting of Trayvon Martin in At the time Ben was a 6-year-old boy who had just learned to ride his bike after only two trips up and down the driveway with his father running alongside him.
Adopting outside your own race is a big decision. It's also controversial. What issues should you consider before making the final decision to adopt transracially? Here are some questions to ask yourself. Despite the huge changes in our world, racism is still out there. What about the opinions of your extended family? Unlike strangers where comments will be new, one usually knows what to expect from family.
Many, but not all, international adoptions are also interracial. However, the laws of a particular country must be adhered to if you are adopting internationally. If your transracial adoption occurs over international borders, then you must follow the necessary process, which differs in ways from domestic adoption. You will also need to contact an adoption professional who can help you complete an adoption out of the country. If this applies to your situation, you can learn more about ICWA compliance from your adoption professional and from our website. International Transracial Adoption Many, but not all, international adoptions are also interracial.