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Calling all African-American Families!

By January 27, 2012Uncategorized

“Are you currently working with an African-American family?”  Is  a question I am asked once or twice a month.  The answer to that question is always, “Sorry, we do not have an African-American family on our waiting list. I wish I could help you.”

The growing assumption is that African Americans don’t adopt,  which is not an accurate statement.  The truth is most African Americans adopt within their families, or through a state subsidized program.    As an African American, I applaud my community for the continuous efforts of family preservation through kinship and state adoptions. However, African Americans are underrepresented in the private adoption community.

On a daily basis, I ask myself what we can do to reach the African-American community to encourage private adoptions.   This is a growing issue, because there are an increasing number of African-American and bi- racial women that choose adoption, as opposed to other options.  In most cases, African-American women would like for their baby to belong to an African-American family.  We want to support our birth mothers wishes; however it can become discouraging for birth mothers and the adoption staff to hear the same response from other adoption agencies,   “Sorry, we do not have an African-American family on our waiting list. I wish I could help you.”

I want to help make a change.  It is my desire to help African-Americans to become equally represented in the private adoption community.  If you are a married African American couple looking to grow your family through adoption, or if you have questions about adoption, please call Charvette Simmons @ 972-960-9981 or 214-952-7421.

Ephesians 1:5 “He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to himself, according to the kind intention of His will.”

 

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