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Intercultural Adoption Being a child in the world today can be confusing and complicated Dealing with peer pressure family pressures and growing pains may feel insurmountable to a child thats struggling to gain their identity Learning who they are and where they fit within the context of a family is more complicated for children growing up in adoptive families than it is for children growing up in their genetic families Intercultural adoption adds another layer of identity issues for the family as well as the child Opponents of interracial adoption feel that it impacts on the childs ability to identify with its own race and culture I believe in intercultural adoption because every child deserves the stability of a warm and loving home Anyone who chooses to adopt a child especially outside of their race is to be commended for their willingness to provide a secure and loving home The only restrictions I would put on the adoptive family is that they have no criminal record and no history of domestic violence or child abuse While those are the only restrictions I can think of I do strongly feel there should be conditions placed on the adoptive families The biggest condition is that the adoptive teaches and exposes them to their own culture as much as possible While it may be admirable to adopt a child outside of your own race the hard work happens after the child is in the home Filling the physical and emotional needs of a child who has lost their parents or may be the victim of abuse and neglect can be very difficult Then to move a child from the culture they are used to and entrenching them in one that isnt familiar to them pose another obstacle According to Myron Lustig and Jolene Koester author of Intercultural Competence Interpersonal Communication Across Cultures Differences in the expectations of appropriate social roles of wife and husband son and
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