Did you know that we are always in need of prospective adoptive parents of color. Why? Because the number of birthmoms of color we work with each year always surpasses the number of prospective adoptive parents of color we have.
This reality is not unique to The Cradle. But it pains me to realize that a white mom considering adoption may have many options for a same race placement. A black birthmom simply does not.
Don't get me wrong, I know that Cradle parents of all colors can be great. And I have met many, many WONDERFUL transracial families that are doing a fabulous job raising their children of color.
But here's another thing I know for sure. Every mom considering adoption deserves to have the option for transracial as well as same race placement. Ideally, everyone would have a range of potential families: singles as well as married couples; same-gender as well as heterosexual parents; families with other kids in the house and those without. Lots of options means every birthmom will be able to find a family that meets the dream she has for her child.
My personal desire for a diverse pool of adoptive parents inspires me to get out there and recruit more black families. But I can't do it alone. I need your help.
So, here are 5 easy things you can do to help if you are as passionate as I am about providing mom's choices in adoption.
1) Tell anyone and everyone you know of color that The Cradle is looking for parents.
2) If you've adopted through our Sayers program, share your story openly. Personal stories have a way of shattering myths and inspiring others.
3) Share Sayers info meetings on your social media pages. Too often there are only one or two families at my meetings.
4) Introduce us to anyone you know who is a "connector" in the black community, especially those who live in the Chicago area.
5) Encourage anyone who has ever expressed interest in adopting to connect with me. I am happy to take it from there.
Other ideas? Please let me know. I'd love to hear them.