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The Multi-Ethnic Placement Act: An example of misguided policy

Author: Shutt, T. Lien
Author Background: San Francisco State University School of Social Work, MSW 2001
Date Spring 2000
Type Journal
Journal Title: Social Work Perspectives
Volume/Pages 11(1): 15-20
Subject Matter U.S. Policy, Multicultural Perspective, Transracial Adoption, Foster Care, Children of color, African American
Abstract An examination of the ineffectiveness of The Multi-Ethnic Placement Act as a policy to move children through the public foster care system. By focusing on transracial adoption as the means to solving the high numbers of children of color within this system, the Act is a result of policy making grounded on race and class biases. The history and philosophy of this erroneous thinking is traced and some possible solutions are offered for more effective interventions.