Addressing Disproportionality and Disparity in Child Welfare: Iowa's Response to Disproportionality.
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This report highlights the disproportionate number of African American and Native American children in the foster care system in Iowa. It provides statistics on children from racial minorities in the foster care system, and explains strategies that Iowa is implementing to address racial disparity. Strategies include the formation of Community Initiative for Native Children and Families, collaboration with Native American tribes in Sioux City, and State legislative initiatives to address racial disproportionality. Results from the initiatives are presented and indicate a 28% reduction in the foster care disproportionality rate. Polk County participation in the national Breakthrough Series Collaborative (BSC) and the development of a statewide BSC to build capacity and momentum for statewide system change are also highlighted, as well as related State level work.
racial disproportionality; african americans; native americans; foster care; statistics; iowa