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Transracial Adoption

            Imagine finding, falling in love, and marrying the person of your dreams. The person you knew from the moment you saw them that you would spend the rest of your life with and create a beautiful family with. For many eager couples the falling in love part is easy, but having a baby isn't so much. Put yourself in those couples' shoes, finding out you can't biologically make a family of your own would be, to say the least, heartbreaking. More times than not the sad news of infertility doesn't put an end to the desire to have children. Adoption is a widely accepted, great option for families in this situation. Now imagine you and your partner are classified as white, and you've done all the paper work now you just have to wait for a baby to become available to you. Finally after a long wait, it happens! You have been matched with a baby, but one detail could be a deal breaker; the baby is of a different race than you. What would you do? Well, adoption professionals, legislators, scholars, and others concede that adoption is a great option for families, but the same people disagree about allowing children of color into all-White households and the ability to develop a healthy self-identity.
             Before an opinion can be made it is important to understand the sides of this issue, but first you must also know what adoption is, and the types of adoption there are. A basic definition of adoption is "adoption establishes a legally recognized, lifelong relationship between a parent and child. The adoptive parent becomes legally and morally responsible for the child's safety, education, health care, value development, development of life skills, as well as the day-to-day care of that child " (Children's Home). The types of adoption (specific to race) are: monoracial, biracial, and transracial, international. Monoracial is everyone in the adoptive family is the same race; for example, the parents and the child are all White, all Black, all Chinese, etc.

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