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Transracial Adoption of Black Children: An Economic Analysis

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  • Mary Eschelbach Hansen

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    (Department of Economics, American University)

  • Daniel Pollack

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    (Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Yeshiva University)

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    The anti-discrimination law governing placement of children in foster care and adoption was intended to speed the adoption of Black children who could not be reunited with their families of origin. Only recently have two states been fined for violating this decade-old law. Based on our analysis of administrative data collected by the Children’s Bureau of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, we conclude that more vigorous enforcement of the anti-discrimination law in adoption could result in significant gains to Black children. We find that Black children spend more time as legal orphans than children of other races and that transracial placement speeds their adoptions.

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    Paper provided by American University, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 2007-01.

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    Length: 31 pages
    Date of creation: Jan 2007
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    Handle: RePEc:amu:wpaper:0107

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    Keywords: adoption; anti-discrimination; foster care; policy; transracial adoption;

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