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Groups Struggle to Match Black Children...

Sept. 19, 2007, 9:22AM

Groups struggle to match black children, black families
Private adoption agencies haven't gained traction among black
Americans

By MELANIE MARKLEY

Firldeal Grimes wanted the best for her unborn baby when she turned to Catholic Charities four months ago to find a family looking to adopt.

The problem is Grimes is looking specifically for a black family for her child, something she couldn't do if she arranged her adoption though the state.

"I don't want (her) to grow up in a household that doesn't know what they've been through, or how to teach ... about slavery days, or about their background," said Grimes, 26.

But Grimes, who is due next month, is starting to get worried. Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston has yet to find a family willing to adopt her baby. Eight other black babies at the agency also are still waiting.


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