October 31st, 2012
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1122589_kids_in_nigeriaIt is amazing the amount of growth that African adoptions on the whole have seen. This comes at a time when transracial families have become accepted and people are better able to see outside of the box in regard to the adoptive family unit. I love this. There was a time that the only children that were adopted had similarities to their new parents. Now different is not only acceptable- in some circles it is good.

When the times shifted in this direction, people who had a heart for the children of impoverished countries had a green light to act on their heartfelt desire- to save the children. Of course, those of you in the adoption world know that it is a lot more than that. After that child is ‘saved’ they come home with you and live with you- everyday. That is where the rubber hits the road when you are dealing with the transracial family. People can be very rude and not understanding of a child that is transracially adopted. The child can develop feelings of discontentment and problems in the family can result.

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How can an adoptive parents in transracial  families combat those feelings? That is the question that parents ask all of the time. I do not think that there is one answer for it. Every family is different. How things are done is different but I do know that there are many informational blogs available about transracial adoption, hair care and other issues that can be found in African adoption situations.

Most of the countries in Africa are open for adoption. Every country runs their own program and follows their own set of laws. This can get confusing to maneuver and should be handled using a government approved agency AND adoption lawyer. This is a situation where scrimping to save money is not a good idea. Many countries in Africa have dealt with corruption and paper mishandling issues in their adoption programs. This can cause major heartache for the prospective adoptive parent and huge financial loss. It is vital that all people considering adoption from this nation protect themselves fully. African countries are not party to the Hague Convention and are not held to its statutes.

Most of the countries in Africa are open for adoption. They have many children available for adoption and work diligently to process cases in a timely manner. Many countries in Africa are working with partners in order to ensure that their programs are safe for the children and prospective parents.

~Angie
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