Racial Disparities in Service Referrals for Families in the Child Welfare System.
Lovato-Hermann, Kristina. Dellor, Elinam. Tam, Christina C. Curry, Susanna. Freisthler, Bridget.
Published: April-June 2017
Journal of Public Child Welfare
Vol. 11, No. 2 , p. 133-149
Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
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New York, NY 20017
Among families in the child welfare system, family reunification depends largely upon the services to which families are referred. This study examines whether race/ethnicity influences the number and types of services to which families are referred. Findings suggest that compared to African American families, Hispanic families were more often referred to psychosocial services (e.g., mental health) than basic needs (e.g., housing). These findings indicate a need to reduce service referral disparities between ethnic groups. (Author abstract)
child welfare services; referral; family reunification; Racial factors; racial discrimination; African Americans; Hispanics; FAMILY SUPPORT SYSTEMS