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Back when Christina Stucki and her husband struggled with fertility treatments and reached out to adoption agencies, she held true to the one feature her future children had to have.
“I wanted somebody else that looks like me in our house. I don’t want to be out with our kids and have people ask them the same kinds of questions they’ve been asking me my whole life,” said Stucki, 36, who was adopted from Korea by a white family.
“I just wanted people to look at our family and knew that we belonged together, that there was no question about it, and who was whose kids.”
Now the mother of two young children, Stucki remains keenly aware how striking differences in appearances can raise curiosity – and suspicions – among strangers and cast doubt among innocent parents.
That’s why she was horrified when she read about the case involving “Maria,” a young blonde, blue-eyed girl taken by Greek police from a Roma couple accused of abducting her. Police took the girl because she didn’t look like the couple, who claimed to be her parents. DNA tests proved they weren’t.
Just days later, news broke about nearly identical cases in Ireland, where authorities separately took two Roma children from their parents because of similar suspicions. The Irish children were quickly returned to their families after genetic testing confirmed the kids belonged to their Roma parents.