Community Health, Youth Voices
In California, anyone looking to become an adoptive parent must first demonstrate that the adoptee will retain their culture in their new home. As part of any adoption process here, the state calls for a social worker to do a thorough home study that involves cultural inclusion. “Growing up, my parents always encouraged me to embrace the varied traditions and values of the ethnicities I am part of. Still, despite my father’s experience and that of my family, many argue that adoptions should only happen between children and parents of the same racial or cultural background.” A child of an adopted father gives her take on adoption and cultural hybridization, for Voicewaves.