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March 2016Vol. 17, No. 1Resources on the Overrepresentation of Children of Color

The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) has collected an array of resources that examine the overrepresentation of African-American and Native American children in the child welfare system. The resources include reports that provide an overview of the problem, statistics, and reviews of State and Federal policy from the U.S. Government Accountability Office, the National Indian Child Welfare Association, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Casey Family Programs, the Alliance for Racial Equality in Child Welfare, and Child Welfare Information Gateway.

In addition, NCSL presents a survey of State laws that address the issue of disproportionality. Current through April 2014, the survey indicates that 10 States enacted legislation addressing disproportionate representation of children of color in foster care, and 11 States enacted legislation addressing State compliance with the Indian Child Welfare Act (25 USC §§1901-1963 (1978)).

The resources can be found on NCSL's webpage Disproportionality and Disparity in Child Welfare, available at