Haiti’s Children and the Adoption Question New York Times Opinion Pages February 1, 2010
In the current crisis in Haiti, it is particularly important that any transfer of children from Haiti be in accordance with international law, and handled through reputable organizations able to find families that can provide stability for a better life.
Love is not always enough in interracial adoptions.
While immediate survival and safety are paramount, where these parentless children ultimately end up must also be considered of equal importance. Research on transracial adoption suggests that white families rearing black and biracial adoptees have much to consider in terms of caring for these children. They will have to help these children develop the skills to navigate between two, often contradictory, cultures.
My research has found that black and biracial children often struggle with their cultural identity growing up in a white-dominated context. But in most cases, children of color are not taught how to deal with issues of race and conflict that they are may encounter when raised in white communities.
For Haitian children, the cultural shift in any move to the United States may be particularly acute. With this in mind, it is incumbent on white adoptive parents to do their homework. Love is not always enough.