Equity in Kansas Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice System: Report to the Governor.
Kansas. Juvenile Justice Authority. Kansas. Children and Family Services.
Published: Fall 2009
Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services
915 Southwest Harrison Street
Topeka, KS 66612
Sponsoring Organization: Casey Family Programs.
On November 25, 2008, Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius called for ten counties facing issues of racial disproportionality and disparity in their child welfare and juvenile justice systems to be convened into six community teams to explore disproportionality and strategies for addressing inequities. There was extensive review of the data by teams, teams engaged panel presentations with key system providers in the community to illustrate how children and youth come to the attention of and transition through the service system, and members engaged experts and participated in a statewide summit. This report includes detailed recommendations from each team to address the disproportionate rate of African American children in foster care. Common threads of recommendations across teams include: continue collaboration in communities across child welfare and juvenile justice programs and providers to sustain momentum of teams and continue awareness of the significance of inequity in certain communities; increase collaboration for interventions with families between State and county government with local school districts; adopt or create an integrated and interrelated cultural competency training and an anti-racism training available to all systems; identify, implement or sustain neighborhood based programs that assist parents in preventing out of home placement and navigating through the system when a child is removed from the parental home; identify and support affordable housing options for families to increase stability and prevent entry into foster care; and continue to monitor performance data regarding the impact of community action with reduction or mitigation of disproportionality. 3 tables and 14 references.
child welfare; juvenile courts; racial disproportionality; african americans; foster care; kansas