>I randomly came across this article on CNN’s website. Several leading child welfare groups concluded in a report that adoption/foster parenting rules needed to be change.
Among their recommendations would be to amend parts of the 1994 Multi-Ethnic Placement Act. The law, and its 1996 revisions, directs state agencies to recruit more adoptive parents of the same race as the children.
The more contentious part of the legislation prohibits race from being taken into consideration in most decisions about adoption from foster care. For example, white parents seeking to adopt a black child cannot be required to undergo race-oriented training that differs in any way from training that all prospective adoptive parents receive.
The report calls for amending the law so race could be considered as a factor in selecting parents for children from foster care. The change also would allow race-oriented pre-adoption training.
The reasoning behind the recommendation:
At the heart of the debate is the fact that the foster care system has a disproportionately high number of black children, and on average they languish there nine months longer than white children before moving to permanent homes. The latest federal figures showed that 32 percent of the 510,000 children in foster care were black in 2006, compared with 15 percent of all U.S. children. Of the black children adopted out of foster care, about 20 percent are adopted by white families. The Donaldson report said current federal law, by stressing color blindness, deters child welfare agencies from assessing families’ readiness to adopt transracially or preparing them for the distinctive challenges they might face.
Should there be race-based training for those who want to adopt children of a different race? Why or why not?