The adoption agencies all over the world are overflowing with babies that want and need to be adopted. There isn’t a shortage of any culture in adoption agencies either. They are brimming with children from every land and background. But, it seems that there has been a trend in some children over others.
Essence magazine recently wrote an article “White Mama, Black Baby” by Kemba J. Dunham. The article focuses on the growing list of celebrity white women that have adopted black children. Charlize Theron, Sandra Bullock, and of course Angelina Jolie are among many others that have adopted black children. The common questions arise:
What do they have in common? Are white women adopting black children as a part of a trend? Can they offer a black child what they need? If black families aren’t adopting the black children, should they have a concern about those that are?
The controversial adoption is referred to as “transracial adoption.” (I can’t believe there’s some clinical term for it, but ok.) And yet another unsolved mystery that is asked in the article is “Does the parent realize that a postracial America is an illusion?” Did you know that the National Association of Black Social Workers (NABSW) is “vehemently opposed” to transracial adoptions. But they recently changed their position to:
“We’re not saying transracial adoption is totally out of consideration,” says Toni Oliver, NABSW vice-president. “Our position is about preserving Black families.”
How do you feel about this issue? Does it matter who is adopting black children when there are so many of our children that are NOT being adopted? In the article, there are stories from black adults that were adopted by white couples and they tell their complicated stories.
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