Is Adopting a Child of A Different Ethnic Background a Good Idea?

Every stepparent considering adoption of a child coming from a different ethnic background will have more questions than most adoptive parents. The good news is, stepparent adoption of ethnic children is perfectly normal and healthy for all involved.


WEBWIRE – Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The short answer to this question is a resounding “Yes!” But for those looking for deeper details about how to adopt online when it comes to choosing a child of a different ethnic background than their own, here are some things to consider.
 
To begin, most child psychology experts who specialize in interracial adoption will suggest that adoptive parents learn all about the culture and background of the child they wish to adopt, even for stepparent adoption. Learning songs, stories, history, and social mores from the culture from which we adopt allows us to bond with the adopted child in a way as close to biological as possible. It also shows the adopted child—later in life when they are able to digest more complex minutia about their relationship with their adoptive parents—that they were indeed wanted and loved from the onset.
 
The New York Times “Practical Guide to Practically Everything” states, “Consider whether you can integrate the rich yet different cultural background of a child from another country. You will need a plan to incorporate that heritage into your family’s life.” So, in essence, make sure you can make the time to do this; if you and your partner are both working 80 hour weeks, raising a child with a wildly different background from your own can prove to be daunting if you opt to enrich them throughout the years with knowledge about their culture and even more so if you plan to integrate them into local groups that celebrate that culture. It doesn’t mean don’t consider adopting a child from another country, it just means be prepared to be an extraordinarily engaged parent.
 
Online adoption for stepparents is readily available for those parents entering biracial marriages who are unsure about how to adopt a stepchild. Step parent adoption is the choice of both the biological parent and the parent marrying into the blended family, and should be done with loving care that always puts the child’s needs first. This means paying special attention to their culture, religion, and all of the things that go along with making the child who he or she is ethnically.



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