There is a grim reality when it comes to Black families formally adopting Black children said Paula Muhammad, a social worker for 15 years in Charlotte, N.C. Most children are adopted from within the U.S. foster care system, but not enough Black families are licensed foster parents she pointed out.“What we have seen is that in the Black community, we don’t have enough Black people registering even to become foster parents,” Dr. Muhammad who holds a Ph.D. in Education with an emphasis on behavioral health, told The Final Call. It is a nationwide trend, she said. “There is a dire need to get Black children adopted she added.
Of the Black children adopted in the U.S., 35 percent are adopted via the foster care system, 25 percent through private adoption and three percent are adopted internationally, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. DHHS figures from 2011 indicated that of the 400,540 children in U.S. foster care, 109,775 or 27 percent are Black. According to the U.S. Census, of the over 1.5 million households that reported having adopted children 18 and under in their household between 2009 and 2011, 250,000 or 16.1 percent of those children adopted were Black. This number does not include children who are Black in combination with another race. Read more...
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