Widespread acceptance of other cultures and interracial relationships has never been greater than it is now. However, many domestic agencies still prefer to place infants with parents of the same ethnic and racial background as the child. This is because transracial adoptions may cause a few identity issues in the child's life as he or she matures. The adoptee's peers may also give the child a hard time and ask questions that can be difficult for the child to answer.
In international adoptions, transracial adoption is sometimes inevitable. While it's not a bad thing and in fact a common outcome, there are some cons of transracial adoption. The international adoption of an older child may affect his or her learning experience in America depending on how developed his or her English skills are. This can make parenting difficult as well if the child is unable to communicate his or her needs to the parents and other adults and peers.
Adopters who start a transracial family are usually advised to implement the child's cultural heritage into his or her upbringing. This is certainly required in Native American adoptions, which require everything from traditional foods, religious practices and social activities to be made an important part of the child's identity.
The cons of transracial adoption are easily surmountable with a balance of care and confidence that doesn't let the ethnic and racial differences blindside the core values of being a family.
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