On June 12, , the Supreme Court struck down state laws which banned individuals of different races from marrying in the Loving v. Virginia decision. This basic notion of celebrating love continues to be just as important today. I strongly encourage everyone to learn more about them and the gift they left us. Through knowledge, shared stories, and support, we can build a community that believes love is love. To celebrate Loving Day, HuffPost Black Voices asked its readers who are in interracial marriages and relationships to share their love with us.
21 Odd Interracial Adoption Statistics
Cultural Diversity in Foster Care
T here are two ways of looking at the debate triggered by the children's minister Tim Loughton on Tuesday after he said there should be no barrier to minority children being adopted by white parents. One is that we have heard a voice of sanity. One in five children waiting to be adopted is from an ethnic minority and for them the wait is three times as long as for white children. Twenty per cent never find new homes. Loughton says social workers are to blame. They "think that if they wait a few more years the right family will be found," he said.
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Foster care, by its nature, is culturally diverse. No matter how welcoming their foster parents are, foster children have to adjust to rules and traditions that are not their own. Some have never had a birthday party or a bedtime. Others have never been taught not to curse at the dinner table or to bathe daily. Learning to deal with these differences can be challenging for both foster parents and foster children.
Foster care is a system in which a minor has been placed into a ward , group home residential child care community , treatment center , etc. The placement of the child is normally arranged through the government or a social service agency. The institution, group home or foster parent is compensated for expenses unless with a family member. In some states, relative or "Kinship" caregivers of children who are wards of the state, are provided with a financial stipend. The state, via the family court and child protective services agency, stand in loco parentis to the minor, making all legal decisions while the foster parent is responsible for the day-to-day care of the minor.