A black couple from Pennsylvania who adopted twin boys who’re white have been accused of kidnapping their personal kids – together with by a lady who threatened to name the cops when their sons had a tantrum at a playground, in keeping with a report.
Jennifer McDuffie-Moore, 43, and her husband, Harry Moore, 37, took in 3-year-olds Brayden and Trevor as foster kids after they had been separated at delivery from their organic mom, who suffered from drug habit, South West News Service reported.
Two years later, the Collingdale couple formally adopted the twins, who joined the couple’s organic kids, Joy, 21, and Kourtney, 11, and their adoptive kids, Keenan, 10, and Sanchez, 8, in keeping with the information outlet.
Jennifer, 43, who co-owns a toddler care program, and Harry, a mechanic, described racist episodes they’ve skilled because the black mother and father of white kids.
“A month ago, we were playing at the playground and the twins didn’t want to go home. A lady had been watching us playing and when one of the twins had a tantrum she told me she was going to call the police,” Jennifer advised SWNS.
“I scooped the kids up and she thought I was stealing them. One of the twins said, ‘No, that’s my mom!’ I don’t want to justify it because people should mind their own business,” she mentioned.
The couple additionally mentioned they’ve been pulled over by police whereas driving in their minivan. In one episode, a cop interrogated them about two white foster ladies within the car.
“We were coming back from a family outing from Delaware and we got pulled over,” Jennifer advised SWNS.
“We had our children and two little strawberry blond girls who we were fostering with us and the first thing the cops asked my husband was, ‘Whose kids are those?’ And he wasn’t kind about it,” she mentioned.
Harry mentioned the officer claimed she had pulled them over as a result of the minivan’s home windows had been too darkish.
“But we knew why he pulled us over,” he mentioned.
The mother and father mentioned they first skilled the racial challenges once they adopted Keenan, who is also white, in 2016 – however the episodes grew extra intense after George Floyd’s homicide and on the peak of the Black Lives Matter motion.
“We often see transracial adoption done the other way — a white family adopting a black child,” Jennifer advised SWNS.
“Even doing the paperwork there are a lot of questions about our ability to foster children who are white. It took us 2,695 days to adopt Keenan because we are black,” she mentioned.
“We have conversations about race all the time. In our home we talk about it, we know that everyone is different, you have to acknowledge it and not pretend to be color blind,” Jennifer continued.
“Last year was crazy. We saw all these racially charged incidents happen and we had to have conversations with our children,” she added.
The mother mentioned that Brayden and Trevor “were supposed to stay for a weekend and now they are here forever.”
“They were born with a drug in their systems and so they are medically needy with developmental delays and speech and language issues,” she mentioned.
“Two days after we took them in for a weekend to give their foster carer a break, the agency asked if they could stay for good,” Jennifer continued.
“We said they could stay with us until they had found a home but then time passed and they were nearly a year old and our whole family, my nieces and our church, pitched in and we eventually started the adoption process,” she mentioned.
The couple mentioned they’ll’t think about their household with out the twins.
“They are definitely are our sons,” Jennifer advised SWNS. “Instead of scrutinizing what color people are or their gender or their preferences, people should understand that love really does support a family. There are so many kids out there without homes.”