Disparities in Child Welfare

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Overrepresented but underserved

In 2008, African American children made up 15% of the nation’s population of children, yet they comprised 26% of children who were removed from their families and put in out-of home-care, as well as nearly a third of all children who were in foster care. Furthermore, when African American children are placed in homes outside their communities, neighborhoods or racial groups, they are at-risk of losing vital cultural connections and resources that shape their development and well-being. This is just one example of the inequities faced by children and families of color when they encounter the child welfare system.

American Humane Association’s Disparities Resource Center is a recognized leader in working with child welfare professionals, advocates and communities to best serve vulnerable children and families through a lens of race equity. The project uses sophisticated data analysis as a method to inform, inspire, and develop tools and strategies needed to eliminate unequal outcomes for children and families of color and ensure that child welfare services are culturally relevant and fair. Our goals are to raise awareness as well as identify and address the complex causes of child welfare inequities thereby safeguarding a better future for all of our nation’s children, no matter race or place.

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