• January-February 2016
  • Vol. 16, No. 10

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Disproportionality Rates and Children of Color in Foster Care

The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) recently published a technical assistance bulletin detailing the disproportionality rates for children of color in foster care in every State. Presenting the information both at national and State levels, the bulletin graphically shows the disproportionality rates by race/ethnicity and by whether the child had entered care, was in care, or had exited care. In addition to the State-level breakdown of data, the bulletin gives background information about the changes in disproportionality in States since 2000 and notes the distinction between disproportionality and disparity.

The bulletin also provides suggestions for how readers can think critically about the data presented, including data limitations and what they may and may not mean for readers' particular jurisdictions. Guidance and examples on how readers—ranging from academics and policy makers to other interested parties—can use the report are also included.

The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges technical assistance bulletin, Disproportionality Rates for Children of Color in Foster Care (Fiscal Year 2013), is available at http://www.ncjfcj.org/Dispro-TAB-2013.

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