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Boston University School of Law




This special section of The Boston University Public Interest Law Journal addresses the issue of transracial adoptions. Few topics within family law generate as much controversy as the placement of Black or other minority and mixed race children for adoption with white families. Although transracial placement could in theory apply to the placement of white children with mixed race and Black families, in practice it has not. The predominant practice of matching adoptive children with adoptive parents of the same race has come under increasing scrutiny in recent years as many older and difficult to place minority children wait in foster care for a same-race placement, and many white families wishing to adopt find themselves unable to locate a white infant to join their family. The topic is also unusually timely. A lawsuit in Texas, discussed in this section, and Congressional action on the subject have moved this debate from the academic community into the political arena.

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