Need Help Advocating for African-American adoption! Any Ideas?

Tee - posted on 02/14/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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Well, as you all probably know, there is always a significant need for African-American couples to adopt. I have actually made it my business to do whatever I can to advocate for this cause, as well as find ways to recruit more African-American people to adopt these babies. It saddens me that there are so many babies being born, and not enough African-American couples available for the birthmoms to choose from. I am extremely passionate about this issue, and am willing to do whatever I can to help. Currently, I am on the Advisory Board for the adoption agency we adopted our son through, and sometimes attend meetings with the adoption agency staff to places like predominately black churches to help black people feel more comfortable with the idea of adoption by sharing our adoption story and my passion for the cause. It is to the point that I am truly considering making a career change to support this cause. It bothers me that there are not enough African American people stepping forward to adopt. I pretty much know why many in the Afr. American community bypass adoption, but just want more ideas on how to help people realize the need for them to try adoption as an option, as well as the need for their sense of urgency on this matter. Any ideas? How can I effectively reach the African American community about adoption?

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Saundra - posted on 02/15/2010

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I would love to discuss more email me at saundra.abel@yahoo.com for a better time to discuss. There have been some succesful programs through one-church one child that I don't see much i htink the big hurdle is something an advocacy group could help potential parents with I can't wait to discuss.

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Brandi - posted on 02/02/2011

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I just contacted my state(IL) and they told us that they have no children under the age of 8 or any without special needs for adoption(sounds a little funny huh?).We are getting ready for our homestudy, but are there any grants or anything for African-American adoption you ladies can think of? I am NOT going through my state, and it doesn't matter to me if the money is refundable, I just want to give a child a loving Christian home.

Jilla - posted on 01/24/2011

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Brandi, don't let $ be a deterrent. Most agencies don't advertise this but many have funds set aside for AA adoptive couples who want to adopt AA babies. Plus there are foundations that are available. You should also know that you will get nearly $13,000 in cash back in your taxes when you adopt. That brings the cost down to less than $5000 when you factor that in (of course you have to pay up front). Also, adopting a newborn (if that is what you want) is free if you go thru your state's foster care system. There are some issues there but with a little research, it is very do-able. Good luck.

Brandi - posted on 01/03/2011

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I thank you for that, but our financial situation has caused us to put this on hold :(. I will be contacting you though, because it still will be done, God willing!

Saundra - posted on 01/03/2011

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Hi I am sorry I meant to reply to this before and forgot to go back on the site I would love to discuss this with you - my email address is saundra.abel@yahoo.com. I adopted my lovely twin daughters 13 years ago. There were so many things I didn't know and issues that would have precluded us in just how we were treated which I think is half the battle for couples. look forward to discussing wiht you

Brandi - posted on 04/05/2010

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My husband and I are considering adoption, but we just don't know where to start. We have prayed about this situation,so we know we are on the same page but in my area(central Illinois), it is very hard to get answers.Any info you can send me would be appreaciated.My e-mail address is bjbake96@msn.com.

Jilla - posted on 02/17/2010

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I feel the exact way Yolanda. I live in the DC/ Maryland area and we took placement of our daughter after only 3 weeks of being approved. We were the ONLY African American family that had completed the process. That just doesn't make sense to me. I am a fundraiser and am trying to raise $ for our adoption agency so they can do more outreach. I am having problems finding stats on just how dire the situation is (ie. how many African American babies/children are up for private adoption) so I can build my case for support.

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