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Old 05-07-2015, 10:21 PM
 
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How can they tell you no because of race? Isn't that illegal?

PACT is a facilitator of domestic infant adoptions for minority children and I would assume that the expectant mothers who contact this particular facilitator are specifically looking for minority adoptive parents to raise their children, something which PACT does on their behalf. If the emoms were looking for Caucasian parents, they would have no problems finding them via the usual agencies, however, many AA expectant parents may be looking for parents who understand the issues their children might face.

Note that even though they are a facilitator, they differ from every other adoption facilitator in that they are about finding adoptive parents on behalf of the expectant parents. Every other adoption facilitator has the prospective adoptive parents and is about finding the expectant parents for those PAPs.

As I mentioned earlier, PACT does seem to provide education for all prospective parents in regards to adopting transracially and it might still be worth contacting them about this.
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Old 05-08-2015, 06:47 AM
 
Location: Kansas
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I would not think with the number of minority children available that one would have any trouble adopting through state agencies. Also, try private adoption agencies since they sometimes have minority children and have a hard time placing them. I know it used to be harder to adopt across racial lines with state agencies but that was changing in the 90s.
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Old 05-08-2015, 10:14 AM
 
Location: Liberal Coast
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PACT is a facilitator of domestic infant adoptions for minority children and I would assume that the expectant mothers who contact this particular facilitator are specifically looking for minority adoptive parents to raise their children, something which PACT does on their behalf. If the emoms were looking for Caucasian parents, they would have no problems finding them via the usual agencies, however, many AA expectant parents may be looking for parents who understand the issues their children might face.

Note that even though they are a facilitator, they differ from every other adoption facilitator in that they are about finding adoptive parents on behalf of the expectant parents. Every other adoption facilitator has the prospective adoptive parents and is about finding the expectant parents for those PAPs.

As I mentioned earlier, PACT does seem to provide education for all prospective parents in regards to adopting transracially and it might still be worth contacting them about this.
I understand that, but the facilitators themselves should not be legally able to say no based on race.

Most domestic adoption agencies would love to have more black families sign up since so many of the children are at least part black. However, I don't think the OP's heritage is going to give her many advantages.
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Old 05-08-2015, 12:18 PM
 
Location: Nashua, NH
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They just say "we are not accepting families of _____, ______, _____ at this time"
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Old 09-09-2015, 02:14 PM
 
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Adoption agencies are allowed to set whatever polices for acceptance that they deem appropriate as long as they follow their own state codes for adoptions. In other words, they can accept only prospective adoptive parents who are infertile or not, Christian or not, certain ages, etc. Why? Because they are the entity who will be legally responsible for that child once relinquished by their birth parent. They should only accept the parents they have complete faith in, based on the agency staff's research, education and experience, as well as birth mother preferences. They are the legal parent until that adoption is finalized.
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