Racial Disproportionality in Child Welfare: A Special Issue of Child Welfare Journal
African American children are overrepresented in this country's child welfare system through each decision point, and their outcomes in the system are very different than the outcomes are for white children. The purpose of this special issue is to increase understanding of disproportionality and disparity of outcomes and to increase awareness of a variety of approaches to prevent, reduce, or eliminate disproportionality and disparity of outcomes in a variety of systems. The first section is devoted to articles that provide in-depth analyses of a variety of issues related to disproportionality, and the second section is devoted to promising practices seen in systems currently addressing disproportionality. Finally, an overview from Canada concerning their issues of disproportional representation for aboriginal and other visible minority child populations in their child protection system is included. The articles in this journal are each thought-provoking yet reflect one interweaving plea: a call to make the child welfare system fair for all children and families. They are assembled in hope that this journal will have broad usefulness; offer solutions; encourage systems to provide accurate data; inspire further research; implore legislative changes; influence the implementation of systemic, institutional, and practice changes; and promote continuous improvement.
Table of Contents
PART I—UNDERSTANDING AND MEASURING RACIAL DISPROPORTIONALITY AND DISPARITY OF OUTCOMES
PART II—PRACTICE METHODS TO REDUCE RACIAL DISPROPORTIONALITY AND DISPARITY OF OUTCOMES
Subscribe to Child Welfare Journal.
CWLA Stock Number: J872
Publication Date: 2008