The purpose of this study was to present an analysis of the Multiethnic Placement Act and the Removal of Barriers to Interethnic Adoption, which addresses the placement and adoption of children of color in the child welfare system.
The major findings indicated that children of color are overrepresented in the child welfare system and that race, culture, and ethnicity should not be factors in determining the placement of a child in a home. However, culture plays a vital role in the development of identity in a child and can impact the child's adjustment to placement. Findings suggested that adoptive and foster homes should implement the child's culture in their everyday life in order for the child to develop a positive identity, have a full understanding of his/her background, and succeed in a racist society. Implications for social work practice/policy and future research are discussed.
|Advisor:||Lopez, Rebecca A.|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 48/04M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social work, Public policy, Ethnic studies|
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