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Evolution of Federal Child Welfare Legislation















Key Child Welfare Legislation

Law Graphic Multi-Ethnic Placement Act of 1994 (MEPA)

Under this legislation, States are prohibited from delaying or denying adoption and foster care placements on the basis of race or ethnicity. MEPA requires states to recruit adoptive and foster families from racial and ethnic backgrounds reflecting the diversity of children needing placement and the diversity within the general population.  The Interethnic Adoption Provisions of 1996 later amended MEPA.

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Case Example


You are an adoption caseworker working to identify an adoptive placement for twins.  The boys are 6 years old and are bi-racial (African-American and Caucasian).  They have been living with their current foster family since they entered care 18 months ago.  The foster parents are both Caucasian and live in a rural community.  They are interested in adopting the boys.  You have learned that a bi-racial couple recently completed the application for foster/adoptive parenting and may be interested in adopting the boys.  You want to wait until the bi-racial couple’s home study is completed before you make a decision about which family is more suitable for the boys.

Are your actions compliant with the Multi-Ethnic Placement Act of 1994?
Why or why not?

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