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Wednesday, March 23rd 2011

Minority Children Have a Slimmer Chance of Being Adopted in Southeast Texas

According to an article in the Victoria Advocate, minority children are less likely to be adopted than White children.  In Victoria, 55 percent of the children that are seeking adoptive families are Hispanic and 22 percent are African-American.

Program direction for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services said that there is a real "need for families to adopt children [that are] available for adoption."  Additionally, many children have siblings or are older than 7, two groups for "which caseworkers often struggle to find a home."

The issue of disproportionality is particularlly evident not only for Hispanc children, but more so, for African-American children according to Sheila Dismuke-Williams, disproportionality specialist for region 8.  Dismuke-Williams said the disproportion has been ongoing for the past 40 years since black children began being placed into foster care.

However, the story illustrates the kindness and love that ordinary people can have for children can be immense by focusing on Gayle Hoskins.  Hoskins has adopted three children:  a Hispanic baby boy, an African-American baby girl and then her baby brother when he was born prematured.  As Hoskins teaches her children, "every family is different - it's just what I tell them.. Everybody looks different, but we're all family."

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