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Multicultural families: deracializing transracial adoption

Ali, Suki (2014) Multicultural families: deracializing transracial adoption. Critical Social Policy, 34 (1). p. 66. ISSN 0261-0183

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Identification Number: 10.1177/0261018313493160


In 2010, the Coalition government announced its plans for adoption reform which included ‘removing barriers’ to transracial adoption. The government has blamed social workers’ looking for ‘perfect ethnic matches’ for denying black and minority ethnic children placements with ‘loving and stable families’. The paper draws upon qualitative research with professionals and parents, which shows that the government has failed to take into account the complex ways in which race and ethnicity matter within adoption. Their wish to deracialize transracial adoption fits with wider concerns about race mixing, families and national belonging in multicultural Britain. While they attempt to minimize the importance of race and ethnicity, they continue to place race at the heart of these debates.

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Additional Information: © 2013 The Author
Divisions: Sociology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2013 09:27
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2023 00:13

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