Nation IN BRIEF : MINNESOTA : Minority Adoption Law Overturned

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

The Minnesota Court of Appeals in St. Paul struck down a state adoption law requiring that minority children be placed with families of their own race. In the case of a white family seeking to adopt a black girl, the court decided 2 to 1 that she should be raised by her maternal grandparents because relatives are preferred under common law. But the court declared the state's Minority Adoption Act unconstitutional because it did not protect white children. The foster parents had challenged the same-race law.

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