About Bi-Racial Adoption
African American and bi-racial birth mothers frequently request an adoptive couple who are the same race as their own. As a result, couples interested in adopting an African American or bi-racial newborn are normally matched with a birth mother in a few months. According to our parent company, Lifetime Adoption, it’s taking less than 14 months for most couples to adopt, and typically less for African American and bi-racial families.
“Many calls come in on our 24 hour hotline,” shares a coordinator at Lifetime Adoption. “A birth mother wants to have her baby adopted immediately from the hospital to avoid foster care. When we receive that phone call in the middle of the night, we are able to tell the birth mother about adoptive families and then call a family immediately.”
Once the birth mother chooses a family, they can meet at the hospital and the baby goes home with the adoptive family. All legal expenses are paid for by the adopting couple so there are no expenses to the birth families. Since the adoption is private, the process is much more confidential, allowing the birth mother the freedom to share her plans only with whom she wishes. Adoptive families should be aware they also need a home study and legal representation to complete their adoption.
More Details about Bi-Racial Adoption
Our birth parents range in age from 13 to 40 years old and many are requesting families of a particular racial make-up. Some have children already and for others, this is their first pregnancy. Many pregnant women begin exploring adoption by looking online.
Birth mothers must provide proof of pregnancy and are given resources to help them with their decision. Counseling is offered to all women considering adoption. Since birth parents are located all over the nation, they are offered counseling in their hometown. Often for privacy, or when they are in a rural area, the option of phone counseling is provided.
Lifetime offers the Birth Mother Blessing program, which helps birth mothers with maternity clothes, toiletries, towels, sheets, and other household items free of charge.
Lifetime also provides help for full African American families and children at the site African American Adoptions Online.