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JOELY FISHER TALKS ADOPTION AND RACE

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The ‘Til Death’ star Joely Fisher recently sat down with More to talk about adoption, and her comments about racial barriers are quite interesting.

Contrary to some celeb women who adopt to become moms for the first time, Joely’s inspiration for adoption comes from a different source. “I always wanted to adopt, even when I was a little girl,” says the star. “I remember seeing pictures of so many little kids from Romania on trains—that image really affected me as a child. Fast-forward to me talking to a stand-in on a set. This woman had two beautiful children she had adopted from the Los Angeles area. She put me in touch with another woman, and three weeks later I had a baby. Although I had to talk my husband into it, it was the right time and the right place. Now we have this gorgeous, smart, a bit of a pain in the neck but otherwise just perfect little girl.”

Although perfect in nature, Fisher admits that race is a factor that she and her husband must deal with everyday. “It is a tough road because she is a different color than the rest of us,” explains the actress. “She knows that she is brown. Although she hasn’t asked me any questions, one day she will ask. I have shown her a couple of photographs of her mother, and she does have a biological sibling. We are not ready to go there yet because she is only four, but it is a daily thing that we encounter, such as when she wants to brush her hair like her two blonde, blue-eyed sisters. We deal with things as they come up.” Joely and her husband parent five kids in all.

What do you think about Fisher’s comments pertaining to race in reference to her adopted daughter? Does she have reason to be aware or is she just one paranoid actress? How do you feel about celebs of other races adopting children of color?

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  1. I love u olivia, i like joely comment, and i like all the adopted kids by hollywood star, sandra bullock and charlize theron are also lucky .i love zahara jolie pitt the most,i will be happy if angelina jolie will adopt me too ,zahara is the most beautiful african american child in hollywood and if u thing is not true ask the public .

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  3. Well we still live in a world of racism. But in a mild or positive way.
    100 years ago, there was hatred. Lately, giving preference (for some reason like diversifying family) in adopting particular race is happening. This is definitely partiality. Nothing wrong if someone calls it racism because black parents or white parents deliberately looking for other race to adopt is almost similar to white employer giving job only to white employee.

  4. I really have no problem with interracial adoptions but I think it is a mistake to act like there is not a difference. The challenge will be to not allow, in that household, for there to be an association of “different” to “not as good”. She is both the only black child AND the only adopted child. If it were me, I would show her that beauty comes in ALL shades and textures and that she is no less beautiful than her Aryan siblings (who, as she is the baby of the family, are most likely highly protective of and would never make her feel less than). AND I’d tell her that biological children are surprise gifts from God and that adopted children are gifts that Mommies and Daddies asked God for.

  5. Olivia Lune is a beautiful girl who has been blessed. Maybe Joely can adopt her a lil brother.

    I’m still going to adopt. I’m shifting my focus to Haiti now. I can speak the language so the transition would be easier for the child. I also would like an older child, at least between 8-10 & a boy (sorry, bias to boys). Should be completed by end of year. Keeping fingers crossed.

  6. I am happy for a child that is adopted, but only when it is fom the heart.That a white person who lives a life that was built racial struktur have been there for so many years and has became an Inheritance in the crib.It is good to try and walk amile in someone shoes but it will never meets the feeling.We can only say thanks to first Black peolpe that they did not make it their rights to aproach or treat white as an eye for an eye.I close this thought and say Thank God i am Black.Please respect yourself first and wenn you adopt then only when serious and not because you are bored or do not know what to do with your pityful life.We are not there for you and to make your day.

  7. She has a beautiful heart. She is adopting a black girl and two white girls. What matters is that she and her husband are good parents. As a black male, I approve and I am glad.

  8. Yes, I agree @ Caramel. Good for her for being honest and not trying to paint a rosy picture. I believe discussing the reality of racial differences and the issues that come along with interacial adoption is better than pretending it doesn’t exist. Wishing nothing but the best for this family.

  9. Adopting children from other cultures/races is fine as long as the parents have educated themselves on how to honor that child’s heritage and teach them how to embrace differences and to be color blind. I think that if you have the resources and that much love to give a child, it is a true blessing.

    • I agree. A child longing for a good family don’t see color. I want to adopt in the future. If I don’t get my lil girl then I’ll adopt a lil girl one day.

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