READERS REACT:MARY LOUISE PARKER BRINGS ON CONVERSATIONS ON RACE AND ADOPTION
In this POST,readers saw a picture of actress Mary Louise Parker and her daughter Caroline “Ash” Aberash Parker(Caroline was adopted from Africa).The photograph brought on conversations of race and adoption. Here are a few comments from some BCK readers:
Okay, I’m just speaking from a curious mind BUT why do Caucasians feel the need to adopt African, African-American and Asian children?
I firmly believe that if somebody can provide a stable and loving home, then GO FOR IT. But I still can’t help but think, why children of color? Little white kids need love too!! lol But you don’t see Black or African families trying to scoop up a little white girl/boy.
I’m just saying.`Naija Gal
There five times more black kids in the system than whites. White families have to wait years for a white baby to become available for adoption. There are so many Black kids that grow up in foster care because no one wants them. It’s a blessing when children can find home with parents who love them. No matter who the parents are.
It disturbs me that more Black don’t adopt. We are so stuck on birthing that their are so many Black children whose fathers never wanted them, and mothers couldn’t afford them and families were unable take them that they are stuck. If we took care of our own you woundn’t have to ask that question.`Jennifer
Okay I have no problem with white people adopting black kids, I think it’s great that the kids are getting place in good homes. My beef is this: if these rich white celebrities are going to adopt white kids, why can’t they hire someone to properly do their hair? What are they gonna do when the kids start school? Just let them role out of bed and go. Hair is an important part of their identity as well, and how is Zahara gonna feel when she realizes that out of all Brad and Angelina’s other kids, she’s the only one who’s hair is sticking on top of her head like she’s an orphan!~Pkp
I’d rather see more Afros than mothers running their girls to the salon to get their hair straightened. Angelina and Mary-Louise probably teach their girls that they’re beautiful just how they are and to appreciate their culture. If you get your hair permed if should be a personal decision not forced on you.`Jessica
A FEW FACTS/RESEARCHED OPINIONS:
- A report points out that transracial adoption itself does not produce psychological or other social problems in children, but that these children often face major challenges as the only person of color in an all-white environment, trying to cope with being different.Source1
- Congress passed the Multiethnic Placement Act in 1994 after several white couples said they had not been provided the opportunity to adopt minority children. The law prohibits delaying or denying a child’s foster care or adoptive placement on the basis of race or nationality.Source1
- At the heart of the debate is the fact that the foster care system has a disproportionately high number of black children, and on average they languish there nine months longer than white children before moving to permanent homes. The latest federal figures showed that 32 percent of the 510,000 children in foster care were black in 2006, compared with 15 percent of all U.S. children.Source2
- Last year, China, Russia, South Korea and Guatemala — the big four in providing candidates for adoption[in America] — accounted for 70% of the 19,292 children who entered the USA for adoption. Three years ago, those nations accounted for 79% of the 22,728 kids who came here for adoption.Meanwhile, two African nations, Ethiopia and Liberia, are emerging as popular countries to adopt from, although the number of children they send here remains relatively small.many Americans are considering domestic adoptions of babies and foster-care children because of growing waits, restrictions and uncertainties in adopting abroad.Source3