Is colorblind adoption short-sighted?

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

A new report suggests that colorblind adoption leaves white parents unprepared to raise black children. Parents may not be mentally ready or have the appropriate social tools to parent children of a different race from their own. In turn, youngsters may experience social and psychological problems later in life. What does this mean for 1994's Multiethnic Placement Act, which says adoptive parents cannot request a specific race for their children? The Takeaway talks about these issues with a transracial family.
Guests: Judy Stigger, who adopted two biracial children in the 70s, and her son, Aaron Stigger.

Contributors:

Chelsea Merz

Comments [3]

Marion Berghahn

We, a white professional couple, have two natural children and one black adopted son. During a nasty period of racist attacks on our son at his middle school, I asked him,when he must have been about twelve, whether he would have preferred to have been adopted by black parents, to which he replied: "no, the main thing is that you feel loved." Indeed, and it does not matter of what color the parents are as long as they give him being loved and secure. He and his two siblings have always been very close; color never came into it, was irrelevant. And seven years ago our son adopted a two-weeks (!) old little white girl whose mother was incapable of looking after her. She now is a lovely, bright, self-confident little girl.

May. 28 2008 10:13 PM
barbara Isacson

I am disappointed that the word "race" continues to be used when "color" or "ethnicity" is what is really meant. We are not of different races, and perhaps someone at WNYC can come up with a better term.

May. 28 2008 03:52 PM
Paul

I'm an adopted parent of a multi-racial child. I'm Caucasian, my partner is South American our son is Caucasian and our daughter is mixed race: middle-eastern, Caucasian, Asian and African. She's 11 there haven't been terrible issues but I think that's because we've chosen to be very upfront with her about her racial heritage. We also live in a community that's extremely diverse in terms of race and ethnicity and culture. So that's our experience.

May. 28 2008 08:46 AM

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