ERIC Number: EJ805147
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Reference Count: 8
Acknowledging Disproportionate Outcomes and Changing Service Delivery
McRoy, Ruth G.
Child Welfare, v87 n2 p205-210 2008
Child welfare is not the only system in which disparities have been identified in U.S. foster care. According to the recent Children's Defense Fund's report "America's Cradle to Prison Pipeline," racial and economic disparities exist in many systems including child welfare, health care, mental health, education, and juvenile and criminal justice. It is clearly time to look at the multisystemic context of racial disparities in child welfare and to explore multisystemic solutions. In 2006, Representative Charlie Rangel of New York called for a U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) study to examine the experiences of African American children in foster care. According to the GAO, not only are African American children more likely than white children to be placed in foster care. In this article, the author discusses the impact of poverty, stress, discrimination, and incarceration to African American children's overrepresentation in child welfare. The author also provides recommendations for addressing these problems.
Descriptors: Whites, Poverty, Stress Variables, Delivery Systems, Institutionalized Persons, Correctional Institutions, African American Children, Child Welfare, Foster Care, Disproportionate Representation, Racial Differences, Socioeconomic Influences, Racial Discrimination
Child Welfare League of America. P.O. Box 932831, Atlanta, GA 31193-2831. Tel: 800-407-6273; Tel: 770-280-4164; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.cwla.org/pubs
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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