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† D. New Law Offers New Hope For Minority Children

Narrator: This is Science Today. Recent changes in federal and state adoption policies may make it easier to place minority children into permanent homes. Social welfare expert Richard Barth of the University of California at Berkeley, found Caucasian children were more likely to be adopted than African American children under a former law requiring same-race placement.

Barth: It is very difficult for African American children to be placed in same race placements because such placements are not as available as they would need to be by virtue of the demographics of the population.

Narrator: For example, Barth says in California, 8 percent of the state residents are African American compared to forty percent of the African American children in foster care.

Barth: So the burden is really too great for African American families to absorb and that we need to think more broadly about who else might come to the aid of children in foster care and adopt them.

Narrator: Studies have shown children with permanent families have better long term mental and physical health. For Science Today, Iím Larissa Branin.