Ellen Herman

Department of History, University of Oregon


HIST 365, Winter 2004, Week 9
Outline and Key Terms

1. A Brief History of African-American Child Welfare and Adoption in the Twentieth Century

2. Matching Controversies in Black and White Since 1970

3. What Are the Arguments About African-American Children and White Parents?
a. Advocates: Bartholet and Kennedy
b. Critics: Howe and Roberts


The National Urban League Foster Care and Adoptions Project, 1953-1958

Adopt-A-Child, 1955-1960

The National Association of Black Social Workers 1972 Statement

The Child Welfare Act of 1980

The Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997