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Mixed-Race Adoptions Get Green Light in Great Britain

February 22, 2011 by Brett Wilkins in Europe with 0 Comments

New guidelines for social workers in Great Britain have opened the door for white couples to adopt non-white children, the BBC reports. Citing the high number of children denied loving homes because of a policy of placing kids with parents of the same race, Education Secretary Michael Grove said that  ethnicity would no longer be a factor in adoption, as long as prospective parents prove they’re able to take care of a child.

The old guidelines state that social workers must give “due consideration to the child’s religious persuasion, racial origin and cultural and linguistic background.” This is in stark contrast to adoption in the United States, where race isn’t considered when placing children in families. This author, who is half black and half Mexican, was adopted by a white family in New Jersey in the early 1970s.

The author and his adoptive family, circa 1981. (Photo: Vicki Wilkins)

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