Driven by evidence that child welfare decision-makers judge parents of color more harshly and are more likely to remove their children, there is growing interest in a program that proposes to weed out racial bias when social workers weighing allegations of abuse and neglect decide whether to remove a child from their parents.
The Case for Race-Blind Foster Care Removal Decisions
Latagia Tyronce’s two children were playing and one, a toddler, was burned by a blow-dryer. Despite the support of the children’s grandmother, and the compelling evidence that this was an accident, Ohio’s Lucas County Department of Children’s Services removed Tyronce’s children and she was arrested for felony child endangerment.
Los Angeles’ Plan to Address the Overrepresentation of Black and LGBTQ Youth in Foster Care
On Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors created a new office to address the high number of African American and LGBTQ youth in the county’s child welfare system. A new Office of Equity within the county’s Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) aims to stem the overrepresentation of these youth in foster care and address the disparities these communities experience.
To Eliminate Racial Bias, Child Welfare Breakthrough Tells us to Try Colorblindness
This story was published in partnership with the magazine Washington Monthly. A few times a month, in an unmarked white office building on Long Island, a group of Nassau County government employees discuss which children they should separate from their parents.