Adoption in Black and White

AN ODD COALITION TAKES AIM AT THE DECADES-OLD PREJUDICE AGAINST TRANSRACIAL PLACEMENTS

Beverly and David Cox never expected to make a permanent home for the baby girls they call by their initials, M.W. and T.W.; they intended only to provide foster care until the sisters' schizophrenic mother or another relative assumed responsibility. But that was five years ago, before the Coxes purchased a swing set, stocked their home in suburban Delafield, Wisconsin, with The Lion King, Pinocchio and Aladdin videos, and learned to distinguish M.W.'s tastes (macaroni and cheese) from T.W.'s (jelly sandwiches, hold the peanut butter). It was also before the Milwaukee County Human Services Department asked the Coxes to adopt the...

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