Race Matters in Child Welfare: The Overrepresentation of African American Children in the System

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Although African Americans constituted 15% of the child population of the United States in 1999, they accounted for 45% of the children in substitute care. In contrast, white children, who constituted 60% of the U.S. population, accounted for only 36% of the children in out-of-home care. In addition, several studies show that children of different ethnic or racial backgrounds receive dissimilar treatment by the child welfare system, but little is known about the appropriateness of the treatment. This compilation ...
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Overview

Although African Americans constituted 15% of the child population of the United States in 1999, they accounted for 45% of the children in substitute care. In contrast, white children, who constituted 60% of the U.S. population, accounted for only 36% of the children in out-of-home care. In addition, several studies show that children of different ethnic or racial backgrounds receive dissimilar treatment by the child welfare system, but little is known about the appropriateness of the treatment. This compilation of papers critically examines child welfare policy and practice, the causes of child maltreatment, and how each affects the disproportionate representation of African American children in the system.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780878688746
  • Publisher: Child Welfare League of America, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/28/2005
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Factors contributing to the overrepresentation of African American children in the child welfare system 1
Ch. 2 Child welfare and race : models of disproportionality 25
Ch. 3 Race differences in risk of maltreatment in the general child population 47
Ch. 4 The role of race in child protective services screening decisions 63
Ch. 5 Racial differences in child protective services investigation of abused and neglected children 97
Ch. 6 Indicated child abuse and neglect reports : is the investigation process racially biased? 119
Ch. 7 The effect of risk assessments and their relationship to maltreatment recurrence across races 131
Ch. 8 Effects of a research-based risk assessment on racial/ethnic disproportionality in service provision decisions 147
Ch. 9 Factors that predict the decision to place a child in substitute care 163
Ch. 10 The entry of children from the welfare system into foster care : differences by race 173
Ch. 11 The role of race in foster care placements 187
Ch. 12 The effect of race on reunification from substitute care in Illinois 201
Ch. 13 The role of race in parental reunification 215
Ch. 14 The changing significance of race and kinship for achieving permanence for foster children 231
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