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The adoption stories.

The articles you presented in the "Making a Family" series (July/Aug. issue) concerning transracial adoption were eye-opening for me, and not in a good way. As a therapist and a member of a racially mixed family, I have tried to be open about adoption of any race by any other, as long as there is cultural sensitivity (and considering the alternative for some Black babies of endless foster care). However, your articles frightened me. One mother obsessed eternally over the beautiful color of her lovely child's skin; another (very complex and bright) young man was first adopted and then disowned because he claimed his culture and the skin he's in; and yet another Native American woman was outright abused, and there was not respect or sensitivity to her culture by her adopted mother whatsoever! These are the reasons why the Black social workers were against such adoption to begin with!


I have two brothers who married outside of our race (if you consider that although we are African, we recently found out through DNA that we're a quarter white and a quarter Native American--who knew?). One married a German and another a Filipina woman, but I shudder to think what would happen to children like those produced by them if they ever got into the "system" of child adoption/foster care. Thankfully, that would never happen because our large and loving family would take over, but it certainly still scares me, and in this day and age--200 plus years after slavery, with immigration from all over the world--it shouldn't.

Andrea Velox, Houston, Texas


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Title Annotation:LETTERS
Author:Velox, Andrea
Publication:Colorlines Magazine
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Nov 1, 2006
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