Multiethnic Placement Act of 1994 - P.L. 103-382

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Overview

H.R. 6
Enacted October 20, 1994
 

Major Provisions of the Act

  • Prohibited State agencies and other entities that receive Federal funding and were involved in foster care or adoption placements from delaying, denying, or otherwise discriminating when making a foster care or adoption placement decision on the basis of the parent's or child's race, color, or national origin
  • Prohibited State agencies and other entities that received Federal funds and were involved in foster care or adoption placements from categorically denying any person the opportunity to become a foster or adoptive parent solely on the basis of race, color, or national origin of the parent or the child
  • Required States to develop plans for the recruitment of foster and adoptive families that reflect the ethnic and racial diversity of children in the State for whom families are needed
  • Allowed an agency or entity to consider the cultural, ethnic, or racial background of a child and the capacity of an adoptive or foster parent to meet the needs of a child with that background when making a placement
  • Had no effect on the provisions of the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978
  • Made failure to comply with this law a violation of title VI of the Civil Rights Act