Personal and Racial Selection.
It is also desirable in fitting children to applications, to select
such as resemble one or both of the foster parents, or at least
not specially different from them in appearance. A strong contrast
between parents and children causes endless remarks and calls for
continued explanations, which are often irritating and sometimes
embarrassing to the foster parents, and frequently a source of trouble
to the children. This is especially to be considered when infants
or very small children are taken with a view to subsequent adoption.
The laws of most states properly require that so far as is practicable
placements of children be made in families of the same religious
faith as that held by the children or their parents. It is also
worth while to avoid mixing too diverse types or nationalities,
as, for instance, the very swarthy with the decidedly blond. There
need be no question of superiority or inferiority raised in a rule
to limit placements generally to similar personal, racial, or national
types, or to approximations of them in their American descendants.
No good can come from, and much harm may be done by, wilful violations
of customs and comity in the placement of children, even when the
child welfare worker in so doing violates neither state laws nor
his own conscience.