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Multiracial, Transracial, and Interracial Adoptions in Oklahoma

By Nicole Hatton

There are different aspects to adoption, considering race, ethnicity, and culture when choosing an adoptive family. Factors such as race may be a deciding factor in which adoptive family you want to take care of your child. The thought of giving your baby up for adoption can be stressful and nerve-racking. However, knowing what factors are important to you when choosing an adoptive family can help to alleviate stress. There are also many positive reasons why you might consider putting your child up for adoption. Keep reading to learn more about:

  1. The difference between multiracial, transracial, and interracial adoption
  2. Reasons to consider when placing your child up for adoption
  3. Keep a relationship with your child
  4. Other adoption resources

The Difference Between Multiracial, Transracial, and Interracial Adoption

Multiracial adoption involves a child who is of mixed racial heritage or background. The child may come from multiple racial or ethnic backgrounds. The intersections between cultures and racial identities can influence their identity. It’s important to give attention and care to cultural understanding and acknowledge their multiple heritages. 

Transracial adoption is a broad term that refers to the adoption of a child by parents of a different race or ethnicity. It could also include parents of the same race or ethnicity but were born in a different country or culture. Adoptive parents must be prepared to help their child form a healthy racial identity. Interracial adoption is similar to transracial adoption. It refers to the act of placing a child of one racial/ethnic group with adoptive parents of another racial/ethnic group.

Reasons to Consider When Placing Your Child Up For Adoption

There are many reasons why you might consider placing your child up for adoption. One major reason is having enough financial stability to support your child and yourself. You may not have enough money to give your child enough resources, or you may experience increased stress. Another factor could be it being an unplanned pregnancy. It could occur at a bad time in your life, and you may not be prepared emotionally or financially.

Parenthood is a big responsibility and requires a lot of time and commitment. You may be able to provide or give more to your child at a different time in your life. You don’t want your child to be a burden to you. Another family may be able to provide better support and a stable environment. They have more time to dedicate to raising a child as well. You can focus more on your career, goals, or other aspirations. It is not selfish to prioritize yourself. Moreover, if you are facing a lack of support, that can also cause you greater stress. It can be overwhelming to navigate the complexities of parenthood and child adoption on your own. The most responsible thing to do may be to choose adoption. That way, you provide your child with a better life. 

Keeping a Relationship With Your Child

If you still want to have a relationship with your child after adoption, you can still keep in contact. However, you should be aware of the three different adoptions. Open adoption is when the birth mother and adoptive family keep ongoing contact throughout the child’s life. You can also share identifying information. Depending on what both parties agree on, you can do visits, video or phone calls, exchange letters, and more. Open adoption also allows you to have a say in who the adoptive family will be. You can choose if you would like it to be multiracial, transracial, or interracial. Semi-open adoption is similar to open adoption, but there is usually less frequent communication and established boundaries. Some activities and communication may be mediated through the government. You can still have a say in who the adoptive family will be. However, closed adoption does not allow you to choose who the adoptive family will be. Closed adoption means that you cannot communicate with the adoptive family or your child. If you prefer to maintain a level of privacy or it’s too painful to keep a connection, this option would be ideal. It does not necessarily mean that you do not love your child because adoption shows that you are thoughtful and caring.

Other Adoption Resources

There are multiple Tulsa adoption agencies and other adoption agencies in Oklahoma that can help you. At Adoption Choices of Oklahoma, we are happy to answer any questions about Oklahoma City adoption or the adoption process. We can also create an adoption plan with you. We understand that adoption for your baby is stressful, but we are happy to help and provide free counseling. Even if it has been a long time since your adoption, we are still happy to talk with you.

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