The overwhelming number of children within the child protective system available for adoption has grown in the past 3 decades, especially the number of minority children. Congress recognized the problem of minority children languishing without a permanent/adoptive home in the foster care system and enacted the Multiethnic Placement Act in 1994 as amended by the Interethnic Adoption Provisions of 1996 (MEPA-IEP) to decrease the length of time minority children remain in foster care. This study evaluates the efficacy of MEPA-IEP in Hamilton County, Cincinnati, Ohio. Existing data were analyzed through a one-factor mixed model method in order to evaluate if there is a statistically significant relationship between the federal law MEPA-IEP and the time that minority children await a permanent/adoptive placement in Hamilton County. The goal of this study is to add to the current knowledge base regarding MEPA-IEP requirements and its effect on adoption rates with minority children who resided in foster care within Hamilton County.
|Advisor:||Jones, Lynn A.|
|Commitee:||Kochanowski, Yvonne, Wilson, Jeannette|
|Department:||School of Human Services|
|School Location:||United States -- Minnesota|
|Source:||DAI-A 69/02, Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Adoption, Child welfare, Foster care, Interethnic Adoption Provisions of 1996, MEPA-IEP (1996), Multiethnic Placement Act|
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