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Dec/Jan 2007Vol. 7, No. 9Racial Disproportionality in Child Welfare

The Casey-CSSP (Center for the Study of Social Policy) Alliance for Racial Equity in the Child Welfare System recently published a new paper by Robert Hill, titled Synthesis of Research on Disproportionality in Child Welfare: An Update. The author surveyed the professional literature on the overrepresentation of minority children in the child welfare system to examine:

  • Patterns of child maltreatment and disproportionality
  • Race and child protective services decision-making
  • Disparities in treatment
  • The impact of related systems, including public welfare, mental health, and juvenile justice

The paper summarizes current research findings on disproportionality, with a focus on the disparities in treatment and services for Black and White children.

Read the full report on the Race Matters Consortium website: (PDF - 511 KB)