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America Close Up (Children: Transracial Adoptions) #591534

NBC Evening News for Friday, Feb 26, 1993
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(Studio: Jane Pauley) Report introduced.

(Abilene, Texas: Jim Cummins) The issue of transracial adoptions examined; home video shown of state social workers taking a black boy, "Christopher," from his white foster parents, Phil and Lana Jenkins. Minnesota's Minority Heritage Act, which requires adopting families of the same race get preference, cited. [Foster father Steven SHARP - calls the law racist.] [National Association of Black Social Workers Barbara BALDWIN - responds.] [Four PEOPLE - say "in the best interests of the child."] [Researcher American University professor Rita SIMON - states her conclusion.] The outcome in Texas of the Jenkins adoption case cited. [White adopting mother Lana JENKINS, black lawyer James MEYER - comment on their case.]

Cummins, Jim;
Pauley, Jane

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