Multiethnic Placement Act, as Amended (MEPA)
Find resources in this section compliance with the Multiethnic Placement, as amended (MEPA) including State and local examples.
Federal Laws and Policies Impacting Adoption Placement (PDF - 680 KB)
National Child Welfare Resource Center for Adoption
Answers questions about MEPA compliance.
A Guide to the Multiethnic Placement Act of 1994 as Amended by the Interethnic Adoption Provisions of 1996
Children's Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (1998)
Assembles provisions, common questions, and checklists for implementation.
Making MEPA-IEP Work: Tools for Professionals
McRoy, Mica, Freundlich, & Kroll
Child Welfare, 86(2), 2007
Explores the backgrounds of MEPA, describes the disparate outcomes for children of color in the child welfare system, and identifies agency challenges in finding permanent families for African-American children. Tools for recruiting families while following MEPA and for avoiding potentially discriminatory practices in placement decision-making are provided.
Children's Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
In Child Welfare Policy Manual
Provides Federal interpretations of MEPA in a question-and-answer format, based on inquiries from State child welfare agencies.
Multi-Ethnic Placement Act Training Materials
Portland State University Child Welfare Partnership (2007)
Provides training materials for a course about MEPA for child welfare staff who place children in substitute care, including foster care and adoptions, as well as their supervisors.
Understanding and Complying with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Multiethnic Placement Act of 1994, as amended by the Interethnic Adoption Provisions of 1996
Children’s Bureau & National Child Welfare Resource Center for Adoption
Provides trainers with materials and training instructions related to provisions of Federal laws prohibiting discrimination against children, youth, and prospective families by child welfare agencies or other federally funded entities.
State and local examples
The Effect of MEPA-IEP Legislation in Ohio: A Guide to the Multiethnic Placement Act of 1994 as Amended by the Interethnic Adoption Provisions of 1996 (PDF - 272 KB)
Children, Families, and the Courts
Ohio Bulletin 2(2), 2005
Summarizes the findings of a review conducted by the Ohio Office for Civil Rights to examine the compliance of the State and Hamilton County with title VI of the Civil Rights Act and MEPA. The guide highlights civil rights violations by Hamilton County in practice with children eligible for adoption, foster families, and prospective adoption families. It includes the Corrective Action Plan to the Office of Civil Rights for changes to Ohio's administrative rules and policies and summarizes review findings for other States and jurisdictions. A self-assessment instrument developed by the Office of Civil Rights is included.