November 26, 1993 • Volume 3, Issue 44
Do current policies punish kids awaiting adoption?
By Sarah Glazer


Adoption agencies traditionally have placed children with adoptive parents of the same race, religion or ethnic group. But as the supply of healthy white infants has dwindled, and the number of black children has surged, adoption experts have begun questioning efforts to mimic biological families. Without the use of interracial adoption, they say, there is little hope of finding enough permanent homes for the thousands of black children now waiting years in the foster-care system. But some black leaders contend that black children will lose their cultural heritage and sense of identity if raised by white parents. The debate mirrors a longstanding debate over whose interests should prevail in adoption -- the child's or those of the adults tied to the child by blood?

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Apr. 22, 2005  Child Welfare Reform
Sep. 10, 1999  Adoption Controversies
Jan. 09, 1998  Foster Care Reform
Nov. 26, 1993  Adoption
Sep. 27, 1991  Foster Care Crisis
Dec. 11, 1987  Independent Adoptions
Nov. 16, 1984  Issues in Child Adoption
Jun. 27, 1973  Child Adoption
Nov. 09, 1951  Child Adoption Safeguards
Civil Rights: African Americans