Race and Child Welfare.
Chapin Hall Issue Brief.
Bartholet, Elizabeth. Wulczyn, Fred. Barth, Richard P. Lederman, Cindy.
Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago.
Published: June 2011
Harvard Law School's Child Advocacy Program and Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago co-sponsored an invitational conference in January 2011, addressing what has been generally characterized as racial disproportionality in child welfare, a term used to refer to the high representation of black children in the child welfare system as compared to their percentage in the general population. The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and the National Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) served as Participating Organizations. Leading scholars on child welfare and race presented to and engaged in discussion with an audience of over 100 child welfare leaders, including child welfare administrators, judges, legislators, nonprofit advocacy organization directors, and academics from both the law and child welfare worlds. We organized this conference with the goal of advancing the debate on race and involvement in the child welfare system by: (1) presenting some of the best available evidence describing the black/white maltreatment gap and analyzing the high representation of black children in foster care; and (2) exploring the kinds of policy options that seem appropriate given what the evidence suggests. This issue brief summarizes what we believe can be learned from the conference proceedings. (Author abstract)
racial disproportionality; child welfare; african americans; foster care; race