The Color of Adoption: Who’s Reaching Out to the Black Community?
Colbert, Lori. Jones, Joy.
National Council for Adoption.
, No. 116 National Council for Adoption
225 N. Washington Street
Alexandria, VA 22314-2561
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This brief discusses the lack of Black families who choose adoption for their family plan and presents statistics that indicate 136 African American babies are born to a teen mother every day, 370 African American babies are born into poverty and 233 into extreme poverty every day, African American children make up 14% of the child population but 23% of the adopted children population, and 18 African American babies die before their first birthday each day. Cultural barriers to child relinquishment are explored, as well as the need to create a village of positive adoption storytellers and promotes adoption in the African American community. The effort by the Black Adoption Story organization to change myths about adoption is noted and recommendations are made for a four-strategy approach to engage the Black Community that includes: community access to social resources, community access to financial resources, community access to legal resources, and community partnerships with the child welfare system. The brief closes with guidelines for promoting a new narrative adopt adoption in Black communities.
adoption; barriers; cultural factors; African Americans; myths; outreach; voluntary relinquishment; community based services