Child Welfare is Not Exempt from Structural Racism and Implicit Bias

Social workers and social scientists have a duty to educate, clarify and raise consciousness when empirically unfounded conclusions that can be harmful to marginalized populations are promoted as fact. Some may read Naomi Schafer Riley’s blog for the American Enterprise Institute – No, The Child Welfare System Isn’t Racist – and deem it as just another piece written from a shortsighted perspective steeped in white privilege.


Common Ground Possible on Healing Victims, Preventing Violence

There’s good reason to celebrate justice system reform for young people. From the period of 2003-2013, the number of young people in the juvenile justice system has declined by 47 percent, and the number of youth in adult court has also declined.


Report Highlights Race Disproportionality in Nebraska’s Foster Care System

Note: This article was updated on June 19. Black and Native American children are vastly overrepresented in Nebraska’s foster care system, according to a report issued this month by the state’s Foster Care Review Office (FCRO).


Partnership Aims to Strengthen Network of American Indian, African-American Kinship Caregivers

As more and more grandparents step up to parent grandchildren, especially in the wake of the current opioid crisis, several organizations are teaming up to create a unique voice and education opportunity for American Indian and African American caregivers.

Blogger Co-op


Men and Boys of Color Are Philanthropic Priority with Good Reason

I was disappointed to read Kiersten Marek’s recent column in The Imprint. In it, she complains that the “movement and infrastructure for funding of initiatives for men and boys of color far outpace the support for women and girls of color.”


Child Welfare Ideas from the Experts, #11: Increase Adoption of African-American Males

The Imprint is highlighting each of the policy recommendations made this summer by the participants of the Foster Youth Internship Program (FYI), a group of 12 former foster youths who completed congressional internships.


    Changing Course: Improving Outcomes for African American Males Involved with Child Welfare Systems

    The experiences of African American males in the child welfare system are similar to those of African American males within the broader society. They are more likely to attend underperforming schools, are at increased risk of entry into the juvenile justice system and are less likely to live in communities with opportunities and institutional investments that promote child and adolescent well-being (and thus successful preparation for adulthood).


    Hispanic and African American Youth: Life After Foster Care Emancipation

    This qualitative study of 28 (10 Hispanic and 18 African-American) former foster care youth attempts to capture the essence of their quest for self-sufficiency. While research on former foster care youth continues to highlight the problems confronting them after they emancipate from care, the depth of their struggles is often lost in the aggregation of statistics.