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Children of Color in the Child Welfare System: Perspectives from the Child Welfare Community

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children’s Bureau, 2003. Responding to concerns about the overrepresentation of minority children in the child welfare system, particularly African-American children, the Children’s Bureau sponsored an exploratory qualitative study of the child welfare system’s response to children of color. The project was intended to meet the following goals:

  • To gain insight into the issue of overrepresentation (or racial disproportion) from the perspective of the child welfare community, including agency administrators, supervisors, and direct service workers.
  • To describe the strategies child welfare and child welfare serving agencies use to meet the needs of children and families of color in the child welfare system.

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Children of Color in the Child Welfare System: Perspectives from the Child Welfare Community