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A policy analysis of the Multiethnic Placement Act of 1994
by Price-Enriquez, Lorraine, M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2011, 83; 1493172
Abstract (Summary)

This study is a policy analysis of the Multiethnic Placement Act of 1994. The Multiethnic Placement Act (MEPA) was designed to address the placement of children of color in the foster care system. Research indicates that children of color are overrepresented, and spend more time in foster care while waiting to be adopted. The goal of the act was to ensure that all children, regardless of race, would have a fair chance of being adopted regardless of their race or ethnicity. This policy analysis, using Gil's social policy analysis framework, explores the evolution of MEPA and its impact on children of color within the foster care system.

Although the goal of the MEPA and Removal of Barriers to Interethnic Adoption Act Provisions (IEP) was to eliminate the barriers in place for permanent placement, they did not address the supports and services needed to help adoptive parents as well as the children. Additionally the there were noted challenges during the efforts of implementing the MEPA into social service agencies as a result of difficulty of social service workers inability to appropriately interpret it. Findings indicate that MEPA's goal of equality in finding permanent placements for children of color has not consistently been met.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Jennings, Lisa
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 49/05M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social work
Publication Number: 1493172
ISBN: 978-1-124-62209-5
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