Yes, you can adopt a child from a different ethnicity. There are many children from a Black or Minority Ethnic Background waiting to be adopted right now. What is important is that you can meet the the child’s identified needs. We would encourage you and support you to help your adopted child/ren to understand and appreciate the important cultural, religious or linguistic values of their birth community.
The following questions will help you think about some of the issues that you and the child would need to face & consider:
- Do you live in an area where there is a diverse population? Would there be other children in the nursery or school that reflect a range of ethnicities?
- Do you have people in your network of different backgrounds that could help you support a child to develop knowledge and understanding about their ethnic and cultural background?
- How would you support a child to be confident about feeling different from other family members because of their ethnic and cultural background?
- How would you help a child to understand and connect to their ethnic heritage?