Thursday, October 23, 2008
Adoption Agencies and the Issue of Race
A family picture from the AIM Website
One of the agencies that the Idaho Youth Ranch works with in their Trans-Racial Adoption program is Alternatives in Motion based in Houston, Texas. According to the IYR adoption specialist, the other that they commonly collaborate with is Catholic Charities in Louisiana. One of these two agencies will most likely be the one that we use to get our new family member.
Our next step now that we have most of our homestudy application done is to do some training on Trans-Racial Adoptions. We are being sent DVD's and reading material on the subject, much of it testimonials by people who were raised in Trans-Racial families. It's also to be sure we want to adopt a child of a different race, that we are not just going that route so we don't have to wait so long for a baby.
For me, that's not the case at all. I am excited to have an AA baby and I want our child to be proud of her race. My only fear is that she will feel so out of place that it will make her unhappy. I don't want that to happen and I hope the training addresses it.