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Melissa Harris-Perry, Mitt Romney controversy spotlights transracial adoption

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For some, interracial adoption is not an option. For others it's completely natural and rewarding. For many, it is considered taboo.

Infants, children and foster youth don't have much input when it comes to choosing their foster or adoptive parents. Nor do biological children. Yet, public opinion about any of these groups can shape what family type or image is considered best.

Age. Race. Ethnicity. Siblings. Disability. All important. Yes?

Children and foster youth deserve the same respect as all children. All children deserve caring and loving parents, grandparents and family members. Children deserve respect in general.

Caregiving by any name ought never become cliché or so simplified that the need for an apology because (any) words uttered about someone's adopted grandchild becomes one's focus, distracting attention from the child being cared for in the first place.

One can surmise Mitt Romney adores all of his children and grandchildren. One can also surmise that any bias or judgement about any blended family perpetuates discrimination and prejudices children should be unaware. No child should experience the pain of hurtful comments.

Adopted children and their counterparts are deserving of love, honor and respect by all people.

We the people--no matter who we are--cannot allow the posterity of an adoptee differ from others born to this country. After all, if we do:

"We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, [can't] establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, [or] provide for the common defense [of children], promote the[ir] general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves..."

Note:

Learn where adoptive grandparents might go before they earn their title at www.childwelfare.gov. Don't be afraid to ask hard questions. Learn more about foster care adoption today.

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