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Other reasons for not wanting to adopt a black child included bonding fears; family prejudice; and racial stereotypes.

For example, some parents expressed concern over being able to bond with a black child given the differences in physical appearances.

One woman, who adopted a child from Guatemala, said that she “probably wouldn’t have adopted a black child … Hispanic seems less different for me than black.”

Another couple said that even though they wanted to diversify their family by adopting a child of color, adopting a black child seemed too different.

And we weren’t fine with African American.”

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