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Color Blind Ronald Jackson a one-year-old African American boy is anxiously waiting to be adopted Unfortunately there seems to be an insufficient number of couples of his race willing to adopt There are two alternatives he could either remain in the child welfare system or a suitable Caucasian couple could adopt him It is evident that transracial adoption makes up 39 percent of all adoptions Although permitting whites to adopt might be a reasonable solution is troubling to the American society because many believe that it is morally incorrect to adopt outside of ones race Since the increase of interracial adoption in the 1950s and 1960s partisans of both sides have been explaining their viewpoints on the controversial issue Why should ones skin color hinder him or her from being adopted if there are couples that are ready and able Despite the opposition to racially integrate numerous studies have indicated that African American transracial adoptees are generally well adjusted The US Judicial System has allowed whites to adopt blacks since1948 Curtis 156 Because the number of minority children in the placement system is increasing and not enough minorities are adopting them the problem is being resolve by enabling white parents to adopt children from other races Forde-Mazrui 961 Moreover although other minorities such as Asians and Hispanics being adopted by whites African American transracial adoptions are more scrutinized due to the skin color factor By the year 1972 transracial adoption fell 39 percent In 1976 there was a decrease in interracial adoption because the National Association of Black Social Workers strongly opposed this form of adoption Brodzinsky and Schecthter 189 Nonetheless in 1985 Simon and Altstein reported that transracial adoption became legal in all states The National Association of Black Social Workers NABSW is a group of 500 black social workers that dislike the idea of Caucasians adopting African American Children In fact they believe that this form of adoption should be abolished
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