Mixed Race Adoption Policy.

Sarah - posted on 02/18/2011 ( 11 moms have responded )

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White couples should be allowed to adopt black and ethnic minority children under new guidelines for social workers in England.

Local authorities will be warned not to delay placing a child with a suitable family of a different ethnicity.

Many children from ethnic minorities do not get adopted because social workers have been keen to place them with families of the same background.

The move will be confirmed by Education Secretary Michael Gove on Tuesday.


The law will not change but the new guidance will state that as long as prospective adopters show that they are able to care for the child then race should not be a factor.

They will also say that preventing families from adopting children of a different ethnic group is "unacceptable".

Each local authority will be closely monitored and those that persistently ignore the advice could have their adoption services contracted out to voluntary agencies.

Current advice states that social workers must give "due consideration to the child's religious persuasion, racial origin and cultural and linguistic background", but does not specify whether race should be regarded as outweighing other factors.

Children's minister Tim Loughton announced in November last year that the government would be updating its guidance on adoption.

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Sharon - posted on 02/18/2011

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Its about damned time. its so weird. I was thinking about this in the shower this morning. I had been looking at some photo journalism award thing... one of the subjects was haiti... brought up all those haitian adoptions which reminded me of a post on the welcome forum a long time ago - a woman had adopted a black baby, how does she take care of the hair....

She got the usual less than helpful shit but she also got some really helpful information too.

Anyway - I got to thinking, they keep saying its about "culture". Um well, wtf? Here in America - what "culture" do blacks have? the new PC label is "african american". My black co-workers call it bullshit. They say "we're black, stop trying to sugar coat it." I love it. One of them is real anti white people adopting black babies but really didn't have a reason why. the other was like "I don't give a fuck". Babies need love, if someone can give that, the rest is all academic. It can be learned.

Which led me to ponder... what is the african part? out of all the black people I know, how many can tell me where in africa they came from? None. Most are mildly curious. But until DNA testing is cheaper they aren't going to investigate it. They feel sorta gipped there aren't records that will help them find some answers but it seems to be a really small small small concern.

Personally - I'm with my coworker. If someone can love a child and provide for them, the skin color doesn't matter.

I do think that if at all possible children should be put with similar families, asian, black whatever. I'm not positive about black families - but you'll find commonalities in asian families. the shrill voice, angry choppy sounding voice, gatherings making kim chee, gyoza, new years celebrations, boy/girl day, etc.

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Although I agree that the skin colour or race shouldn't be important when looking for adoptive parents I do feel that if all being equal there are two sets of parents looking to adopt a child the ones with the closest match with the child should get the trump card and be able to adopt the child. I think this because yes culture isn't the be all and end all but it is nice to know.

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Tara - posted on 02/19/2011

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I think if there are parents of a similar ethnic background who are ready to adopt the child, they should be given the first opportunity, but if the only people ready and capable of adopting that child are white, than they should be allowed to do so.
The colour of your skin should not matter, but if it is possible to place the child with a similar cultural background that can only be good the child. But like Tracey said, having my kids sit in a care home simply because the law said he had to be placed with a family who has the same background I would be pissed.

Tracey - posted on 02/19/2011

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The study also quoted that ethnic children spend 3 times longer waiting to be adopted because there were very few ethnic people wanting to adopt.

If my family died and it was a choice of my kids being adopted by the first suitable family or staying for years in a care home because their skin was the wrong colour I know which I would prefer.

Jenn - posted on 02/19/2011

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Culture isn't a race or skin colour, or even where you're from. I think if someone wants to adopt a baby - then let them! Who cares what they look like? I'm not seeing how a white family adopting a black baby has anything to do with "culture"? You raise them in your own family as one of your own and ingrain your own culture into them. Teach them, expose them to the world, show them love - that's what matters. My family comes from England and Germany, but because I live in Canada I don't feel this great need to connect with my German ancestry (or culture as some people prefer to misuse the word), I feel the need to connect with my family. Sure it can be interesting to research your past and where you come from, but I don't think it defines who you are as a person.

Rosie - posted on 02/19/2011

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i think it's a good thing. why deny a child a family that loves him/her just because of race?

Iris - posted on 02/19/2011

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I think that if a child can find love in a family, no matter what the color, then they should be entitled to it!



I know a couple that took in a foster child. He was 1/8 Native American. They took care of him, taught him about his culture and really loved him, and he loved them back. The foster parents were both in the military so they decided to adopt him since they knew they would have to move. Nope! Since neither had any Native American blood in them they were not granted the adoption. They tried as far as they could but were told that he would have to wait for a Native American family and they were not eligible. IMO, that is utter BS! He was still in foster care when we last talked to them. And how can that be justified when there is a family out there that loves you?



I'm probably the last one to understand that race should be the factor as I'm in a biracial marriage.

But if you love a man or a child regardless of their race it should be embraced. If the adopted child is not of your race it will start asking questions, so even if you haven't started telling about their culture it will come up. And I believe that the majority of parents that adopt a child from a different race, will be more than ready to answer all he questions coming their way.

Becky - posted on 02/19/2011

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I'm surprised this is just coming into effect now! We've been doing inter-racial/inter-cultural adoptions here for as long as I've worked in adoptions. We really don't have much choice, the sad fact is that 95% of our adoptive families are white, middle class. But a smaller percentage of our waiting children are white - actually, a large percentage here are Aboriginal. If we only matched kids with families from the same racial background, some would never get placed. We focus quite heavily on racial issues when we do home assessments, to ensure that a family will support a child in learning about their background.
The difficulty here is our Aboriginal children. We have families who are willing to adopt them, but many of the bands are very, very sticky when it comes to allowing their children to be adopted. So some kids who are band members end up spending their lives in foster care, even though there are families ready and willing to adopt them, because their bands won't release them for adoption. But the bands aren't finding them homes on the band either.... It really pissed me off when I used to work for Children's Services.

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I agree with you 100% Mike! :) You just posted exactly what was going through my head when I was reading the OP!

Meghan - posted on 02/18/2011

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I don't think race should be a factor. BUT, imo, it would be nice if families adopting children of different ethnicities would educate themselves (and existing children) on cultural differences. I plan to teach J about different cultural practices and beliefs. It wouldn't hurt either one of us to be more educated on the way things work outside of our own house.

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