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Adoption Agencies Want Skin Color to Matter

Should the Color of Your Skin Play a Role in Adopting?

People claim to be "colorblind," to have the ability to look beyond the color of flesh. But some believe a better vision is to have "color consciousness" to identify and celebrate the differences in other cultures and histories.

When it comes to adoption, the North American Council on Adoptable Children, the Child Welfare League of America, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, and the National Association of Black Social Workers all backed a proposal by the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute calling for an amendment to the 1994 Multi-Ethnic Placement Act so race could be considered as a factor in selecting parents for children from foster care. The change also would allow race-oriented training prior to adoption.

Do you think children should be paired with people who share their same skin color?

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