New York Lawyers Acknowledge Child Welfare’s Harsh Impact on Black Families, Call for Changes
The bar association representing tens of thousands of New York attorneys has taken a first-ever stance against racism in the child welfare system
Setting an Equity-minded Policy Agenda for People who Experienced Foster Care
We need policies that address equity in housing and education for those who have experienced foster care, writes Kenyon Lee Whitman.
The Race Equity Crisis Facing Child Welfare Leaders
The absence of racial equity in our child welfare system is a national problem rooted in historical and structural sins of our country, the authors write.
Juvenile Arrests in 2019 Continued Long Downward Trend
The rate of kids younger than 18 who were arrested fell in 2019, but the numbers varied across demographic groups and offenses.
Does Your Agency Reflect the Diversity of the Community It Serves? Why Not?
As a Black male entering the social worker field, I am often the only person of color at an agency and in a classroom. My supervisors are white, my professors are white, and my peers are white.
New York City Confronts Massive Overrepresentation of Black Children in Foster Care
New York City’s Mayor Bill de Blasio is big on fairness. In an address last year, he laid out ambitious plans to make New York “the fairest big city in America.”
Minnesota Bill Would Slash State’s Power to Take Black Kids from Their Parents
A federal law insists on greater protections for Native American families that come into contact with the child welfare system. In Minnesota, a group of legislators want to apply that same level of protection to African American families, and have introduced a new bill that aims to rid the state’s foster care system of racial disparity.
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.
Disability, Race and Reasons: What We Know, and Don’t Know, About Disparity in School Discipline
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report this month on school discipline with a topline finding that “black students, boys and students with disabilities were disproportionately disciplined (e.g., suspensions and expulsions) in K-12 public schools.”