Black babies cost less to adopt

Michelle P.
Covington, LA

We decided to adopt a child years ago. We are not infertile, but felt like it was a great way to add to our family, while loving someone who needed us. Our research showed us that African-American children, especially boys, are the least adoptable in our country. We decided to adopt via a non-profit agency, a child of any race. In the US, whether you use a non-profit or a for profit agency, black children are cheaper. I have read the reasoning behind this, but I really don’t care to repeat the rationalizations here. My son was cheaper than if he’d been white. How will he feel, if he ever finds out about that?

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  • Cathy

    Adoptive parents go through a lot of deep soul searching. A shocking number of parents will only open their hearts to a healthy, white child when it comes to adoption. The movie, The Antwoine Fisher Story, describes the preferences as light skinned girls, light skinned boys, dark skinned girls and then dark skinned boys. Through our agency, no child was less expensive, but when we did not limit our choices, we were assured a dark skinned boy with a disability. We would not have changed it for the world. The experience was quite eye-opening, however.

  • anchorite

    The way I see it, adopting a child of any race or gender is a bonus because that is a child already deprived of a family. I personally was open to adopting children of any race, and quite a large age rnge, but there were certain medical conditions I couldn’t handle. Even if someone only decides they want a white baby, at least they are helping a baby. They cannot be criticized by someone who has a bio child or in vitro and doesn’t help an already deserving child to have a family. The same goes for country of origin. All orphans are equally deserving of love and a family. If you haven’t adopted, you can’t criticize someone for adopting internationally when “there are plenty of orphans right here in the US.” In fact, one could argue that there is a greater need to adopt int’l because the impoverished children in many third world countries don’t live to adulthood, orphanages can’t care for them until they’re 18. Here, at least they’re fed and kept alive, but it’s clear they need much more.

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