This article from 2007 highlights the severe limitations in choices that Black expectant mothers face when choosing adoptive families for their babies. The limitations are set in place by lack of cultural knowledge, increased fees for Black adoptive families, and the disproportionate number of children of color in foster care.
The reality of the situation is that an expectant mother should have every right to choose what they feel is best for their children, whether that is parenting, or having adoptive family options that they need and want for their baby.
A couple of notes: 1. The article speaks on the perspectives of Black expectant mothers but is done through an interview with two white women. 2. The article refers to expectant women as birth mothers when addressing women who have not yet given birth or chosen adoption. First person narratives should always be prioritized, and language is important.
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