"Transracial" adoptions increasingly becoming common

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With each passing day we are seeing families with children who don't look exactly like them. Go to the mall on a Saturday and see a blond-haired, blue-eyed mom with an Asian child tagging along behind her, or a dark-haired man holding the hand of his African-American son. What used to draw double-takes and disapproving looks from many people not that long ago is now becoming the exception rather than the norm.

However, the adoption of children whose race is different from their adoptive family still has its challenges. Let's face it, there still exists a great deal of racial intolerance in this country, and the families and their children must learn to deal with it, no matter how difficult it can be.

The good thing is that there are many more families these days who have gone through the process of adopting a child whose race is different from theirs, so there is a great deal more support for you if you choose this path to adoption. Plus, parents have to be able to adapt by not hiding their child's heritage from them--for example, if you're a white family that is planning to adopt a child from Korea, then they should expose that child to their native culture so they have a sense of place and heritage.

It really is gratifying to see that adoption, like love, has no boundaries, including race.

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