Forensic and policy implications of the transracial adoption debate.
E. E. Griffith,
Bull. Amer. Acad. Psychiatry & the Law
23(4): 501-12, 1995.
The adoption of black children by white families continues to garner significant attention from
legislatures, the media, and scholars in many disciplines. Still, forensic psychiatrists have said little
about this form of transracial adoption, and they seem willing to allow other disciplines to map out
singlehandedly the public policy in this area. This policy is expected to affect an estimated 175,000
black children nationally who live in some form of out-of-home placement. Forensic psychiatrists
should increase their understanding of and involvement in the debate over this special form of
adoption. This article highlights several principles that must be better understood if forensic
psychiatrists are to participate in the debate with clarity and understanding.