In the United States, Caucasian couples willing to adopt outnumber adoptable Caucasian children. This situation is a factor in the increase in interethnic, interracial, and international adoptions. The Multiethnic Placement Act of 1994 outlaws racial or ethnic bias in selections of adoption and foster care placements. Foster parents who have bonded with a child of a different race can no longer be prevented from adopting on racial grounds. Contrary to the objections raised against interracial adoptions, research has shown that no psychological harm came to African American children adopted into White families: They developed a positive racial identity, and their adjustment was excellent. Black adoptees found to have more problems than Whites had been older when adopted and had come from more unstable and abusive backgrounds. While the color of loving parents seems to matter less, interracial adoptees are more comfortable in ethnically and racially integrated schools and communities. These children prefer interracial adoption over being farmed out to foster homes and child care facilities.
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