ethnic adoptions

When parents adopt, the new family which is comprised as a result of the adoption often consists of varying ethnic groups. This is often the case regardless of whether the adoption was a domestic adoption or international adoption. Some parents who are considering adopting a child may wonder what pros and cons go along with ethnic adoptions and are interested in learning more so that they can know what to expect when the time arrives. The following will highlight the pros and cons of this type of adoption as well as provide an informal guide of what to expect down the road.

Pros and cons of ethnic adoptions

Ethnic adoptions are a way to bring two different cultural backgrounds together under one roof. There are many pros to adopting a child from a different ethnic group. Some of these include experiencing the child’s unique culture, allowing the child to learn about the parent’s culture and creating a familial bond as human beings not ethnic groups. As for the cons, the child may find that they have a more difficult time adjusting to their new family who is of a different ethnic group and the parents may need help determining how to celebrate the heritage of the child while being brought up in keeping with their way of living.

What to expect with ethnic adoptions

Prior to engaging in an ethnic adoption, the adoptive parents should take some steps to ensure that they are ready to adopt a child of a different ethnic group. The first step is to learn about the culture of their future adoptive child and find ways to help keep that culture alive for the child. This can be done by reading books, obtaining information online or speaking with a local cultural center about the country in which the child resides. Having some insight on the country of the child’s birth will make the transition and living arrangement a bit easier on all.

It is also important to keep in mind that the transition for the child may not be an easy one. If the adoptive child moves away from their birth country, they may have experience emotional trauma. There will also be an adjustment period for adapting to living with someone else. This is a big transition for anyone let alone a child. Therefore, do not expect that the child will be immediately comfortable with his/her new home setting and the ethnic diversity which exists. Give it time and the discomfort and feelings of the unknown will begin to dissipate after a while. Once the child becomes more comfortable with the new setting, delving into varying cultural issues and ethnicity issues will be much easier.