History and Evolution of MEPA and IEPA
1964 Civil Rights Act
Requires that federally-assisted programs are free of discrimination.
1994 Multi-Ethnic Placement Act (MEPA)
The Multi-Ethnic Placement Act signed into law by President Clinton in October 1994.
1996 Inter-Ethnic Adoption Provision
Amended MEPA in 1996. IEAP is commonly referred to and used interchangeably with IEPA.
The Law Prohibits Certain Practices
MEPA/IEPA prohibits states or public and private foster care and adoption agencies from
- delaying or denying the placement of any child solely on the basis of race, color, or national origin; and/or
- denying people the right to foster or adopt based on race, color, or national origin.
The Law Mandates Certain Actions
- requires agencies to provide diligent recruitment of potential foster and adoptive families that
- reflect the ethnic and racial diversity of children in the state for whom foster and adoptive homes are needed.
- Violations of the law should be reported to the local Title VI Coordinator or Director of Social Services.
I have reviewed the information regarding the Multi-Ethnic Placement Act and the Inter-Ethnic Placement Act and an explanation of the provisions of the laws have been provided to me.