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Webcast to Address Disproportionality

9/14/2007:   Disproportionality is a hot topic in child welfare following a U.S. Government Accountability Office report pointing out minority children represent well over half the children in foster care, yet comprise about one-third of the country's child population.

The National Governors' Association Center for Best Practices and Casey Family Programs are contributing to the discussion by sponsoring a webcast, Addressing Disproportionality in the Child Welfare System: What State Policymakers Should Know. The event takes place September 19, 1:00 to 2:15 pm (EDT) and is viewable at www.nga.org/webcast.

During the webcast, guest speakers will review the issue and provide examples of how leaders in states are responding:
  • Khatib Waheed, Senior Fellow, Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP), will provide an overview of state and local strategies to address the issue.
  • Robert Hill, Senior Researcher, Westat, will summarize research findings on the disproportionality and disparity in treatment within the child welfare system.
  • Liz Kromei, Director of Staff Services, Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, will discuss Texas's efforts to reduce disproportionality.
Viewers can access presentation materials before the event on the event website, and e-mail questions during the live event. A recording of the webcast will eventually be posted online.

For information, contact Beth Davis-Pratt at bdpratt@nga.org.

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