Disproportionality in Illinois Child Welfare.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Children and Family Research Center.
Published: June 2008
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Children and Family Research Center
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This brief explores the disproportionality of African American children and youth in Illinois foster care. It shares statistics that indicate African American children make up 19% of the child population, yet they make up 34% of subjects of the reports to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services of maltreatment; 47% of children who enter foster care are African American; and African American children end up staying in foster care longer than their counterparts and they represent only 41% of the children exiting to permanency within three years. A chart illustrates the racial disparities in the Illinois child welfare system.
racial disproportionality; foster care; african americans; illinois