So you’re facing an unplanned pregnancy. You can’t really take care of a child right now, but you want to be able to give your child a home and maybe even stay involved in your child’s life after birth. If this sounds like you, you may want to consider giving your baby up for adoption. If you are based in Nevada, whether you’re in Vegas or Reno, or anywhere in between, Adoption Choices of Nevada is eager to teach you all about your options and how to form an adoption plan. While you are considering adoption, it’s worth considering transracial adoption in NV. In a transracial adoption, one or more of your child’s adoptive parents will be from a different culture than you are. In this unique arrangement, your child will bring your cultural background into a different cultural environment from the home you grew up in. There are many benefits to pursuing this type of adoption, but there are also some challenges that you should be aware of.
How Does a Transracial Adoption in NV Work?
When you are making your adoption plan, one of your decisions is who your child’s future adoptive parents will be. You will be given the profiles of a few different families approved by Adoption Choices of Nevada, and from those profiles, you will choose which set of parents will be the best fit for your child. Some birth mothers don’t look at race when choosing the adoptive parents, and their child might unintentionally end up in transracial adoption. However, some birth mothers decide that they want their child to grow up in a home with parents of a different culture than them.
There is nothing wrong with wanting your child to grow up in a home that reflects your own personal cultural values, but transracial adoptions are unique opportunities that will allow both your child, their adoptive parents, and you to grow in your appreciation for different cultures.
What are the Pros of a Transracial Adoption?
As you consider a transracial adoption in NV, you may be wondering what the positive aspects of going this route will be. To start with, choosing a transracial adoption will allow your child to experience diversity from a very young age. For example, suppose your child grows up experiencing mainly one culture at home. In that case, there is still an opportunity for your child to learn about different cultures at school or through visiting different countries. Still, this appreciation and curiosity of difference will come at a much younger age if your child grows up with parents who represent a different culture than you do, as their birth mother.
Additionally, if you choose a transracial adoption, your child is more likely to choose their friends based on their character and personality rather than what they look like. Although all children are different, allowing your child to grow up in a diverse home environment will encourage them to make friends with children from all different cultural backgrounds instead of just sticking to other children who look like them.
Another positive aspect of transracial adoption is that you will get to know people who don’t share the same cultural background as you do, which will open your eyes to unique perspectives. As you collaborate with the adoptive parents, you will have the chance to observe how their cultural background shapes the way that they make decisions and assess situations. Not only is this a great learning experience, but it’s also an opportunity to grow closer to someone who is different from you and expand your own personal worldview.
What are the Cons of Transracial Adoption?
When it comes to the challenges of transracial adoption in NV, there are a few that you should be aware of before you dive in. One of the major challenges of transracial adoption is communication. In some cases, if the adoptive parents are from a very different culture than you are, communicating clearly with them may be difficult. They may not understand why you think the way you do about certain aspects of the adoption. However, Adoption Choices of Nevada will assist you throughout the adoption plan and seek to mediate between both you and the adoptive parents if communication challenges arise.
Another challenge you may face is not being able to share every aspect of your culture with your child. If they grow up in a home environment that is very different from your own, you may feel that your child is missing out on some of the special parts of your culture because their adoptive parents have different traditions and values of their own. However, if you are in an open or semi-open adoption, you will be able to share some of your cultures with your child when you communicate with them.
How Do I Pursue a Multiracial Adoption?
If you are interested in beginning your adoption journey or have additional questions that you would like answered, please reach out to Adoption Choices of Nevada. Our staff is ready and willing to assist you in any way they can.
Adoption Choices of Nevada has been providing adoption and surrogacy services across Nevada since 2012. You can call us to speak to someone now. Contact Us 24/7: 855-940-4673 (Toll-Free) | 702-474-4673 (Las Vegas) | 775-825-4673 (Reno) | 775-738-4673 (Elko) | 775-884-4673 (Carson City).
Meet the author: Kyla’s life has been filled with adventure and transition – both good and difficult. She loves to take on challenges head-on and lead an organized and balanced life. She’s passionate about many different areas and loves how writing gives her the flexibility to engage in research of almost every field of study imaginable. She grew up very involved in theater and music and continues to use her free time to play the piano and sing. However, she is also very interested in how the natural world works and takes any chance she has to spend the day away from crowds, enveloped in the seclusion of nature. Growing up in the Philippines, she’s had some unique experiences that have shaped her worldview and given her a deeper understanding and appreciation for different cultures. She gets excited about research papers, completed to-do lists, and her morning coffee.