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Persuasive Essay On Transracial Adoption

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Adoption is the social, emotional, and legal process in which children who will not be raised by their birth parents become full and permanent legal members of another family while maintaining genetic and sometimes psychological connections to their birth family (www.childwelfare.gov). Transracial adoption, or adopting outside one’s own race, has become prevalent in today’s society, especially among celebrities. For example, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, are White celebrities,who have adopted multiple children of varied races including African and Asian. This trend of transracial adoption has sparked global debates as to whether or not celebrities and other individuals should adopt children that are not of the same race. Many people …show more content…

The National Association of Black Social Workers (NABSW), for example, argue that transracial adoption is, in essence, a form of race and cultural genocide, claiming that children will not develop proper skills to survive in a society that is racially biased specifically against them. As a result the NABSW passed a resolution in 1972 calling for an end to the transracial adoption of African American children (Lee 2015). The NABSW feels that Black children should be raised by Black parents and express concern that Black children raised in White homes would fail to develop effective coping strategies to deal with racism and discrimination and would experience subsequent identity conflicts as they grew older. The idea is that the very basis of the upbringing does not convey the true thoughts, ideas and behaviors of the “real world”. In addition to the argument against transracial adoption, the NABSW also challenges traditional adoption practices and raises questions about institutionalized racism within the adoption profession. They question the criteria and the basic existing evaluation criteria for prospective adoptive couples that routinely prevented Black families from qualifying, and stated that even though prospective Black adoptive families did exist, adoption agencies were not only failing to recruit them and were, in fact, denying them in favor of white

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