My Road to the Helping Profession

  • Mercelle Seale-Pierce MSW Student, University of Denver

Abstract

This article tells ofthe author's joumey (currently in progress) to the social work profession. Her initial contact with professional helpers and helping agencies occurred when the author and her husband sought to adopt African American children from Colorado county departments of social services who claimed to be "in desperate need" for adoptive parents of color. Their painful experience with multiple failed adoption processes is described. Although not specifically focused on the Brawn vs. Board of Education decision, this narrative raises the question of whether the vestiges of racism continue into present day practices of child welfare agencies that discourage qualified parents of color from adopting children of color.

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