Commentary: Cultural Stereotypes Can and Do Die: It's Time to Move on With Transracial Adoption

Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and Law, Vol. 34, pp. 315-320, 2006

6 Pages Posted: 30 Nov 2006  

Elizabeth Bartholet

Harvard Law School

Abstract

This commentary argues that the Multiethnic Placement Act, designed to combat common cultural stereotypes, provides clear guidance to state child welfare agencies and the mental health professionals that serve them, eliminating any regular consideration of race in the foster and adoptive placement of children. Given recent enforcement action by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, those who ignore this guidance act at peril of subjecting state agencies to the significant financial penalties mandated for any violation of the law.

Keywords: Transracial Adoption, MEPA, Multi-ethnic Placement Act, Adoption

JEL Classification: I10, I18, I20, I28, I30, I38

Suggested Citation

Bartholet, Elizabeth, Commentary: Cultural Stereotypes Can and Do Die: It's Time to Move on With Transracial Adoption. Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and Law, Vol. 34, pp. 315-320, 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=947528

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