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Black Families & Adoption (1987)




Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1987-02-1

Duration: 00:22:04

Subjects: Adoption | African Americans | One Church, One Child (Organization)


  • Masingale, Sonya Host
  • Atkins, Louis Interviewee
  • Atkins, Bonita Interviewee
  • Robinson, Phillip Interviewee
  • Robinson, Stephanie Interviewee
  • Sapp, Janice Interviewee
  • Scott, Patsy Interviewee


This segment from the February 1, 1987, episode of the series “Folks” features Sonya Masingale’s report on black families and adoption. She first profiles two African American families who have adopted children, Louis Atikins and Bonita Atkins & Phillip Robinson and Stephanie Robinson. They discuss: their decision to adopt; the adoption process; the support they received from their families; and their advice to couples considering adoption. Masingale then conducts an in-studio interview with Janice Sapp, a social worker with Catholic Community Services, and Patsy Scott, the director of One Church, One Family and the adoption coordinator for the Louisiana Department of Health and Human Services. They discuss: the One Church, One Family program; the number of children available for adoption; the possible reasons why more black families are not considering adoption; open adoptions; and the misconceptions about the adoption process.