Keia had the police called on her when the family was vacationing in Tennessee because her black family had recently adopted a white baby.
Mom Keia Jones-Baldwin recently opened up about raising a multicultural family after she and her husband decided to adopt a child who happens to be white. 36-year-old Keia spoke to TODAY Parents about the obstacles her family faced just because they had a white child.
The little boy, Princeton, has been with the Jones-Baldwins ever since he was strong enough to leave the NCIU. Keia who is a licensed therapist in North Carolina told the publication that Princeton was born to a drug-addicted mother in July 2017. He was just a pound at the time of his birth.
Falling in love with the little boy came easily for the Jones-Baldwin family. But the real trouble began when people began scrutinizing Keia's relationship with little Princeton. When people saw her with a white bab, it was all too easy for them to assume that Keia was a danger to little Princeton.
There were even moments when the 36-year-old was openly questioned about her relationship with the baby. "We get a lot of stares," she said. "I'm frequently asked if I'm Princeton's babysitter. … I get, 'Why didn't you let him stay with a family of his own race?'"
The ultimate shocker was when Keia had the police called on her when the family was vacationing in Tennessee. She said: "We were vacationing in Tennessee and we went to do an old-time, Western photo shoot. The girl behind the camera would disappear and then come back. Finally, she asked, 'Is that your baby?' I told her he was. Then she said, 'I just took picture of this baby with his family two weeks ago.'"
Authorities soon arrived and the Jones-Baldwin family had to produce a letter that proved the baby was in their custody. Just last month, Keia pulled over outside a man's house after getting a flat tire. But when she knocked on the man's door, he called the cops on her, claiming that she had stolen the car as well as the baby.
All these experiences haven't left Keia bitter. Instead, she aims at breaking racial barriers with her page 'Raising Cultures'. She regularly shares videos of her blended family, hoping to share a key message with her followers: "I don’t look at family as blood. I look at family as love. When Princeton came into our lives, he came into our hearts. Love conquers all."