Interracial Adoptions

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Interracial adoptions, also known as transracial adoptions, occur when an adoptive parent of one race adopts a child of a different race. In the past, interracial adoptions have seen much backlash. However, with the enactment of the Multiethnic Placement Act of 1994, it is now illegal to prohibit an adoption based exclusively on the race of the adoptive parents or child. Adopting a child is a lifelong commitment with many financial, psychological and emotional consequences. Therefore, before finalizing your decision adopting an interracial child, it would be beneficial to conduct some research about the child's background, the child's culture, and the differences and similarities between the child and you. You should also consider your beliefs about race and ethnicity and how adopting other interracial children may affect the child. You must ultimately decide whether you will be able to provide your child with a stable home and assist them in becoming a confident and healthy individual. Contact an adoption attorney in your area to learn more about the adoption laws.

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