Black Children and Foster Care Placement in California.
Needell, B. Brookhart, M. A. Lee, S.
University of California at Berkeley.
Published: May/June 2003
Children and Youth Services Review
Vol. 25 , 393-408
Publication Information: New York: Pergamon
Available from: Elsevier
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This study examined the possible role of race and ethnicity in the decision to remove children from their caregivers and place them in foster care following a substantiated allegation of maltreatment. The population in this study is 137,300 (50,066 White, 65,392 Hispanic, and 21,842 Black) children who had at least one substantiated child maltreatment referral between January 1, 1999 and December 31, 2000. Logistic regression analyses were used to determine the effect of the ethnicity of a child with a substantiated allegation on placement into foster care. Findings indicated that Black children in California are more likely than White or Hispanic children to be removed from their caretaker and placed in foster care, even when other factors (e.g., age, reason for maltreatment, neighborhood poverty) are taken into account. (Author abstract) 15 references, 20 notes, 1 figure, 4 tables.
foster care; child placement; child placement; african americans; california; decision making