NAACP: social workers, judges need better training; a second questionable case of transracial adoption emerges | Courts
A controversial adoption case that has generated accusations of racism shows that police aren’t the only government officials who need to be aware of implicit bias and systemic racism, an official with the Manchester NAACP chapter said last week.
Donna Brown, a lawyer and chair of the chapter’s legal redress committee, said the case of Sandra and Clyde Lunsford — Black grandparents whose efforts to adopt their biracial grandchildren have been rejected by New Hampshire officials — is not an isolated case.
Mageorie Richardson, a Haitian-American in Medford, Mass., who has seen her nephews placed with a White family in New Hampshire, said this state’s social workers and judges have stymied her efforts to adopt her two biracial nephews.
“People who look like me, we don’t get justice,” Richardson said.
Brown said the second case reinforces the Manchester NAACP’s concern about how New Hampshire handles transracial adoptions.
“The recent focus