Major Changes Urged In Transracial Adoption

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New York (AP) Several leading child welfare groups are urging an overhaul of federal laws dealing with transracial adoption.

They argue black children in foster care are ill-served by a “colorblind” approach meant to encourage their adoption by white families.

Recommendations for major changes come in a report by the Evan B. Donaldson adoption institute.

At issue is the 1994 multi-ethnic placement act governing the adoption of children from foster care. One part of the law directs state agencies to recruit more adoptive parents of the same race as the children. The new report says the provision hasn't been
Adequately enforced and calls for better funded efforts to recruit minority parents.

Another key recommendation in the report calls for amending the law so race can be considered when selecting parents for children from foster care. The change also would allow race-oriented pre-adoption training.