Finding African American families for Foster Children: Tips for Workers and Agencies.
North American Council on Adoptable Children.
Published: Summer 2005
Available from: North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC)
970 Raymond Avenue, Suite 106
St. Paul, MN 55114
Issued in April 2005, the most recent AFCARS report suggests that by October 2003, more than 40 percent of children in foster care who needed adoptive families -- nearly 50,000 -- were African American. By contrast, as of July 2003, only 13.3 percent of the entire U.S. population was black. This appalling disproportionality makes the task of recruiting African American families particularly important. Of course, the Multiethnic Placement Act makes recruiting families who are representative of the communities from which the children come a legal imperative as well. This article includes reminders about and examples of effective ways to recruit African American families. (Author abstract)
adoptive families; recruitment; african americans; racial disproportionality; adoption