racial disparities

Study Finds Black California Youth at Greater Risk of Injury in Police Encounters


Study Finds California’s Black Youth at Greater Risk of Injury in Police Encounters

Black youth in California are more likely to be injured during police interactions, according to a study that examined data from 2005 to 2017.

Minnesota Legislature Again Fails to Pass Bill Defending Black Families


Minnesota Legislature Again Fails to Pass Bill Defending Black Families

A bill defending Black families against racist practices in the child welfare system has failed to pass for a third time in the Minnesota Legislature.

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Penn State Awards Equity-Minded Scholarships for Child Welfare Study

Penn State University junior Lani Rosenbaum and sophomore Janiyah Davis.
Two Penn State University students have been named as recipients of an inaugural scholarship intended to address ethnic and racial disparities within the foster care system.

Color-blind Removal Approach Gains National Interest


California Legislator Pauses Blind Removals Bill

A bill aimed at addressing rampant racial disparities in California's child welfare system by removing information on the race of children when critical decisions about their lives are being decided will not advance in the state Legislature this year.


California Judges Concerned About Quick Pace of Governor’s Plan to Close Youth Prisons

Friday is the deadline for California Gov. Gavin Newsom and the state Legislature to reach a deal on how to close the state’s youth prison system. Photo courtesy of Calamari Productions
As a Friday deadline looms to decide whether California should shut down its long-notorious youth prison system next year, some fear that without safeguards, hundreds of juvenile offenders will be sent to the adult criminal system, where they face longer sentences, more violence and poorer prospects.


Publisher’s Note: Silence Can be Complicity in Violence Against Black Families

It didn’t take George Floyd’s killing at the hands of the police for me to recognize that I have been complicit in state-executed violence against black families. But it did take his murder and the protests that have roiled the nation since to compel me to articulate it, which is shameful.


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.


The Current Immigration Crisis and America’s Legacy of Punishing Poor Black and Brown Children

The scene unfolding on the United States-Mexico border continues to be tough to watch. Even as immigration policies shift, it remains unclear how the more than 2,000 children wrenched from their parents and swept into warehouses, cages and chaos will be reunited with family.


New UCLA Research Center Will Focus on Preventing Entries into Foster Care, Needs of Foster Youth

Thanks to a $10 million philanthropic donation, the University of California, Los Angeles will establish a new research center dedicated to addressing the complex needs of children in foster care, particularly related to the educational system.