South African actress Charlize Theron recently adopted a new baby boy named Jackson. The 36-year-old actress made it known that she wanted to be a mom, even without a ring, back in a 2008 interview and recently made the leap.
But what’s special about Theron’s situation is that she adopted a black baby…from America.
Unlike other celebs who have trekked to Africa, Haiti, Cambodia or another Third World locale to adopt a child, Theron’s baby is from America, which is kind of a big deal.
The statistics facing African-American children in the foster care system are daunting. Of the half of million children in foster care, 40 percent of them are black. Moreover, if they aren’t adopted while they are babies or toddlers, many times black children remain in the system until they age out. A 2010 New York Times story highlighted the difficulty African American children face.
“Caucasians and Hispanics are consistently preferred to African-Americans. The probability that a non-African-American baby will attract the interest of an adoptive parent is at least seven times as high as the corresponding probability for an African-American baby,” the NY Times reported.
And if the child is a black boy, odds are even higher they won’t get picked.
Theron isn’t the only celebrity to adopt a black American baby. Sandra Bullock and Viola Davis also adopted black children, but unfortunately, they aren’t the norm.
While many are often times critical of white celebrities who adopt black babies from poverty stricken nations, hopefully Theron, Bullock, and Davis’ adoptions will open up a very serious dialogue about the need for adoptive homes for African-American children.