So, you and your spouse have decided to adopt a child and you've contacted an adoption agency that you're both comfortable with. Now, you need to decide about the child you want to bring into your family. Do you want a baby, a toddler, a young child or a teenager? You should also take time to consider whether or not you want to adopt outside of your own race.
Some parents choose to adopt a child that shares similarities in appearance to them. They believe that doing so will help a child better adapt to the adoption without possible judgment from others. There are other adoptive parents, however, who choose to adopt a child of a different race to create a multicultural family. Multicultural families are the same as any other family, but the parents may look different than the child. It can be a great learning experience for both the adoptive parents and the child.
If you and your spouse do choose to adopt a child of a different race, remember to take time to talk with the child about why they may look different than you. You need to stress that there's nothing wrong with looking the way they do and there's nothing wrong with looking the way that you do. You should also make attempts to incorporate their culture into your household.
It would be fun to celebrate various holidays that pertain to your child's ethnic background and it will give them memories that they'll remember and cherish for a lifetime. It's also a good idea to provide the child with toys that may look like them. If you adopt an African-American girl, perhaps, you could get her a few African-American dolls and stress to her that they share similarities in appearance to her and that they're beautiful.
Your child needs to be culturally aware of who they are and be accepting of it. Naturally, there will be people in their life who will judge them and who will judge you, but you need to explain to them that there's nothing wrong with how they look and to cast aside some people’s negative comments.