• March 2016
  • Vol. 17, No. 1

Spotlight on Racial Disproportionality

This month's CBX highlights an analysis of contributors to racial inequalities in a county child welfare system; a report on how racial bias in the child welfare, education, and mental health systems affects racial disparity in the juvenile justice system; and other resources examining the issue of racial disproportionality in the child welfare field.

  • Conceptual Framework: African-American Disproportionality in Child Welfare
    Research demonstrates that children of color continue to be overrepresented in every level of child welfare. Nationally, African American children are overrepresented in foster care at a rate of...

  • Addressing Racial Inequalities in Fresno County, CA
    As part of its institutional analysis initiative, the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) examined the Fresno County, CA, Department of Social Services (DSS) to determine the contributors...

  • Report Compares Disproportionality Rates Across the States
    Many data sources indicate that children of color are disproportionately represented in foster care systems. Disproportionality occurs when groups of children are present in the child welfare...

  • Geographic Differences in Racial Disparities
    There are substantial data describing the existence of racial disparities in child welfare. A 2015 article in Child Abuse & Neglect considers whether there are geographical differences in racial...

  • Resources on the Overrepresentation of Children of Color
    The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) has collected an array of resources that examine the overrepresentation of African-American and Native American children in the child welfare...

  • Transracial Parenting: Challenges and Tips
    Every child deserves a loving family who will cherish them. Of the 415,000 children in the U.S. foster care system, 108,000 children under the age of 18 are currently waiting for adoptive...

  • Racial Bias in Child-Serving Systems
    The overrepresentation of youth of color in the juvenile justice system is an issue that has been well documented in literature and investigations. However, the racial disparities in other social...