No matter what industry you’re in, there are always myths and misconceptions flying around. Unfortunately, adoption is no different. And this incorrect information can often cause individuals to avoid adoption as a choice altogether. Let us debunk some of these adoption myths and help you see if adoption is the best choice for you.
1. Most Adoptions Are Closed
Due to the media, a lot of individuals seem to believe that most adoptions are closed. However, this is false. Most adoptions are actually either open or semi-open. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t have a closed adoption if that’s what you want. If you’re unsure of the options, talk to one of our counselors. We can go into detail about what each choice offers and whether it may be best for you.
2. Transracial Adoptions Are Too Complicated
Some parents are concerned about adopting outside of their race. However, transracial adoption can be easier than you think. It’s all about having an open discussion and making sure your child doesn’t feel isolated or uncared for. Avoiding race altogether can create a number of problems.
Examples of this include health and care needs. Take hair, for example. The care that needs to go into your child’s hair may differ exponentially from your own if they are of a different race as there are differences in texture, moisture retention, and even color since some hair colors have their own needs as well. But all of these needs can be met with the right dedication, which means putting in the time to learn how to properly care for your child. Avoiding race can also make your child feel racially isolated, creating identity issues. Having open discussions can help ease this feeling and make them feel more comfortable with themselves.
No matter the situation, there are challenges that come with every adoption. But, with assistance from our agency, we can help you find the right path for you and your family. Don’t let unnecessary adoption myths ruin your mindset.
3. You Have to Own a Home to Adopt
While ideal, you don’t need to own a house to adopt. You could rent, or even live in or own an apartment. The important thing agencies such as ours are looking for is that your living situation is of a high enough quality to comfortably care for a child and yourself without struggling. Have concerns about this? Talk to us! We’re happy to help you find the choice that’s best for everyone.
Don’t Let Adoption Myths Stop You From Choosing Adoption
Want to further explore whether adoption is the right choice for you? Talk to our staff. We’re more than happy to help you. Call 225-769-8888 to talk with a professional today.