Addressing Racial Disproportionality and Disparities in Human Services: Multisystemic Approaches

Addressing Racial Disproportionality and Disparities in Human Services: Multisystemic Approaches


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The issue of racial disproportionality in the child welfare system, particularly as it impacts African American children and families, has long been a concern to practitioners and policymakers. However, disproportionality is not limited to the African American community. Latino, Native American, Asian American, and Pacific Islander populations experience inequities in treatment. From leading voices on culturally-competent care comes a cutting-edge book that examines disproportionalities across all of these racial and ethnic groups.

Eliminating Racial Disproportionality and Disparities examines a wide range of systems that often affect and interact with child welfare. Chapters are devoted to the juvenile justice system, mental health, the courts, education, and healthcare, making it the only book to offer a multisystemic approach to disparities and disproportionality. Filled with in-depth case studies, key terms, study questions, and resources, and written to reflect CSWE-mandated competencies, this expansive book gives students, educators, policymakers, practitioners, and administrators new knowledge for providing culturally competent services while simultaneously addressing disproportionality across various systems of care.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780231160810
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 11/25/2014
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Rowena Fong is the Ruby Lee Piester Centennial Professor at the University of Texas at Austin and president of the Society for Social Work and Research. The author of seven books, she writes often on disproportionality and serves on the Austin Disproportionality Advisory Committee and the Texas Health and Human Services Center for the Elimination of Disproportionality and Disparities Taskforce. She received the 2008 Distinguished Recent Contributions in Social Work Education Award from the Council on Social Work Education and has served on the editorial boards of Social Work, Journal of Social Work Education, Research and Social Work Practice, and Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Social Work. She is currently serving on the editorial boards of Child Welfare, Journal of Public Child Welfare, and Religion and Childhood.

Alan Dettlaff is associate professor in the Jane Adams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His research focuses on eliminating racial disparities and improving outcomes for African Americans and Latinos. He is cochair of the Migration and Child Welfare National Network, a coalition of individuals and organizations focused on the needs of immigrant families involved in the child welfare system. Dettlaff is an Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy faculty fellow; a member of the Child Welfare League of America National Advisory Council on Cultural Competence and Disproportionality; and editorial board member for Child Abuse & Neglect and Journal of Public Child Welfare.

Joyce James is the former associate deputy executive commissioner of the Center for Elimination of Disproportionality and Disparities and the Texas State Office of Minority Health at the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. As a thirty-four year professional in child welfare and health and human services, she has been an influential voice on institutionalized racism as the root cause of disproportionality and racial inequities in systems serving children and families. Her work was the driving force behind Senate Bill 6 of the 79th Legislative Session, which made Texas the first state to establish a statute to address disproportionality. As the former Texas Child Welfare Director, she implemented a community engagement model currently referred to as the Texas Model for Addressing Disproportionality and Disparities that has proven effective in decreasing disproportionality for African American and Native American children and improving overall outcomes for all populations. She consults and speaks on this topic across the country and is the recipient of local, state, and national awards for her work.

Carolyne Rodriguez has worked in the child welfare field since 1970, with her most recent work focusing on broad, systemic changes in such areas as all stages of child protective services; kinship and transition services; and impacting disproportionality and disparate outcomes of children of color in the child welfare system and other related systems. She directed the systems improvement work for Casey Family Programs in Texas from 2002 through May 2013. Texas Strategic Consulting involved a collaborative effort between Casey and the state child welfare system as well as numerous stakeholders and other systems. Ms. Rodriguez retired from Casey Family Programs May 31, 2013, after more than twenty-eight years of service to the organization.

Table of Contents

Foreword, by Terry L. Cross
Part 1. Introduction
1. Introduction to Racial Disproportionality and Disparities, by Rowena Fong, Alan Dettlaff, and Tianca Crocker
2. A Cross-Systems Approach to Racial Disproportionality and Disparities, by Carolyne Rodriguez, Joyce James, Ratonia C. Runnels, and Rowena Fong
Part 2. Ethnic Minority Populations
3. African American Children and Families, by Ruth G. McRoy and Ratonia C. Runnels
4. Latino Children and Families, by Alan Dettlaff, Michelle Johnson-Motoyama, and E. Susana Mariscal
5. Asian American and Pacific Islander Children and Families, by Meripa Godinet, Rowena Fong, and Britt Urban
6. American Indian/Alaska Native Children and Families, by Kathy Deserly and Tom Lidot
Part 3. Cross Systems
7. Disproportionality and Disparities in the Public Child Welfare System, by Lawanna Lancaster and Rowena Fong
8. Disproportionality and Disparities in the Juvenile Justice System and the Courts, by Henrika McCoy and Elizabeth Bowen
9. Disproportionality and Disparities in the Educational System and Schools, by Deena Hayes and Angela M. Ward
10. Disproportionality and Disparities in the Mental Health System, by Daniel C. Rosen, Ora Nakash, and Margarita Alegría
11. Disproportionality and Disparities in the Health-Care System, by Susan J. Wells, Sarah Girling, and Andrew Vergara
Part 4. Conclusion
12. A Case Study: The Texas Story, by Alan Dettlaff, Rowena Fong, Joyce James, and Carolyne Rodriguez
13. Future Directions for Eliminating Racial Disproportionality and Disparities, by Rowena Fong and Alan Dettlaff
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