Transracial and transcultural adoptions have always been somewhat controversial. They shouldn’t be. These adoptions allow individuals of different races and cultures to come together, live as families, and love one another. They teach tolerance and acceptance in a way nothing else can. An objection to a black family adopting a white child, or a latino family adopting a black child, or a native-American family adopting a Chinese child, is an objection based on antiquated thinking that hurts children and families.
Now, this isn’t to say transracial adoptions are easy. Sometimes they are not. They require sensitivity and education on the part of the adoptive parents. They should be undertaken with care. That said, adoptive parents should not fear these adoptions because of the objections of the few.
Thankfully, the Multiethnic Placement Act of 1994 (MPEA), a federal law signed by President Bill Clinton, helps protects families who wish to adopt transracially. The MEPA was revised in 1996 by provisions for Removal of Barriers to Interethnic Adoption (IEP). The MEPA-IEP, as it has become known, does some very important things to help family wishing to adopt transracially, namely:
- It prohibits states and other organizations receiving federal funds from delaying or denying a child’s foster care placement or adoption because of the child’s or the adoptive parents’ race, color, or national origin.
- It prohibits states and other organizations from denying anyone the privilege of becoming a foster or adoptive parent because of the parent or child’s race, color, or national origin.
- It requires that to maintain eligibility for federal funds for child welfare, states must continually recruit foster and adoptive parents that reflect the social diversity of the states’ general populations.
Thankfully, we live in a day that allows those of all races to adopt the children they love, notwithstanding differences in skin color.
Thinking About Transracial Adoption, or Experiencing Trouble Adopting Transracially? Contact Brown Law
Attorney Marco Brown is a proud adoptive father of a black-American son. Transracial adoption has given him, his wife, and his son immense joy. If you are thinking about Utah transracial adoption, or if the State or an agency is limiting your ability to adopt transracially, call us at 801-685-9999 or 800-299-1016 or contact us online to schedule a divorce consultation.
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