Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Initial Child Welfare Experience: Exploring Areas of Convergence and Divergence (Chapter 9 in Child Welfare and Child Well-Being: New Perspectives from the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being.)
Ortega, Robert M. Grogan-Kaylor, Andrew. Ruffolo, Mary. Clarke, Jenell. Karb, Rebecca.
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Drawing on data from the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being (NSCAW), a study explored the sociodemographic characteristics of children of color on entry into the child welfare system, case characteristics, and risk factors. Findings indicate African American children are the most overrepresented and disproportionate racial group in foster care, are more likely to be placed into kinship foster care, are at greater risk of living with a caregiver's drug or alcohol dependence, and have longer stays in out-of-home care. Characteristics of other racial groups in foster care are also discussed. 1 figure, 9 tables, and numerous references.
African Americans; Latinos; Native Americans; Asian Americans; minority adoption; demography; national surveys; data analysis; statistics; data collection; racial disproportionality; foster care; kinship care; foster children; well being