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Because black children often face a much longer waiting list when it comes to adoption, there is a conserted effort to increase transracial adoption both domestically and internationally. It is technically unknown how many African American adoptions occur because the government ceased tracking this information back in 1975. Opponents of transracial adoption argue that an African American child will feel out of place and lose all sense of culture and ethnicity. However, studies have shown that most of these children, regardless of being placed in a different culture, are extremely well-adjusted and happy. Proponents also argue that because there are fewer African American families wanting to adopt children, millions of these children grow up without any family because of this stigma.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|