Child Welfare Practice to Address Racial Disproportionality and Disparity

Date: July 2024

Child welfare agencies are increasingly evaluating their systems to identify where and how racial and ethnic disproportionalities and disparities are occurring, and they are seeking practices that use an antiracist approach and show promise for their own populations. This bulletin provides a brief overview of the problem of racial and ethnic disproportionality and disparity in the child welfare system. It then describes practices that child welfare caseworkers, administrators, program managers, and policymakers can implement to address these issues in general and at specific decision-making points along the child welfare continuum. 

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