Social workers are often called upon to assess a newborn’s skin color, because skin color influences potential for placement.
While white children waited 23.5 months on average, black children waited 39.4.
What’s more, private agencies that do not employ social workers no less enable skin color discrimination by referring to adoptees’ skin color.
Assessing children by skin color allows for a ranked ordering, where dark-skinned children may be singled out as less valued.
While it is not always a matter of formal record, children assessed as dark-skinned clearly have a different experience than white children in the adoption process.