Yes, she’s *really* my daughter!

Barbara Schmidt
Metuchen, NJ

We are a caucasian couple that adopted our daughter from Southeast Asia. Random people in the supermarket make dumb comments and children have asked where is her real mom. We must carry her adoption paperwork when we travel internationally, since passport control sometimes questions whether she is really our daughter. School and camp security can be the most annoying. They have told my daughter she is not allowed to leave with anyone but her mom (her REAL mom), even when we are identifying each other as mother/daughter. They have released her to an Asian friend with no questions asked. There are so many mixed race and otherwise blended families in the US. It is surprising how people still fall back on old ideas that like belongs with like.

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