The role of private adoption agencies in facilitating African American adoptions.
Smith-McKeever, T. Chedgzsey. McRoy, Ruth G.
The University of Illinois at Chicago.
Published: October-December 2005
Families in society.
Vol. 86 , p. 503-510
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The authors compare a sample of African American families who adopted from two private African American agencies in California with a sample of African Amaerican families who adopted from public California child welfare agencies. Findings show clear distinctions between the private and public adopters. The authors also present results from a questionnaire that asks about the adoption process and the families' adoptive history. Strikingly, 70% of the pirvate agency adopters had attempted to first adopt through (primarily) public agencies, and the majority of those had been unsuccessful. Nearly 90% of the families who responded to a question of how important a private African American adoption agency was in their decision to adopt indicated that is was very important or important.
African Americans; adoption; private agency adoption