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DoorothyRobertsShattered Bonds: The Color of Child Welfare

Dorothy Roberts, Basic Civitas Books, 2002

An in-depth account of a worsening American social crisis – the disproportionate representation of Black children in the U.S. foster care system and its effects on Balck communities and the country as a whole.






Child Welfare Revisited: An Africentric Perspective

Joyce E Everett, Sandra P. Chipungu & Bogart R. Leashore, eds., Rutgers University Press, 2004JoyceEverett

Twenty-one educators call attention to racial disparities in the child welfare system by demonstrating how practices that are successful for white children are often not similarly successful for African American children.  This edition offers new chapters on the role of institutional racism and economics on child welfare; the effects of substance abuse, homelessness, HIV/AIDS, and domestic violence; and the internal strengths and challenges that are typical of African American families.



“Places to Watch: Promising Practices to Address Racial Disproportionality in Child Welfare”PP layout

As part of a larger effort by an Alliance of the Annie E. Casey Foundation to address issues of racial disproportionality in child welfare they studied ten jurisdictions across the country that are committed to reducing racial disproportionality in their child welfare systems. “Places to Watch: Promising Practices to Address Racial Disproportionality in Child Welfare” is the product of that study and the authors hope is that other jurisdictions could use these examples to enhance their own learning and as guidance for their own efforts.

Paper prepared for: The Casey-CSSP Alliance for Racial Equity, whose members include five Casey organizations—the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and its direct service agency, Casey Family Services, Casey Family Programs, The Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative and The Marguerite Casey Foundation; as well as the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP)and parents and alumni of foster care.


MollyMcGrathTierneyRethinking Foster Care

TEDx Talk by Molly McGrath Tierney, Former Director of Baltimore City Social Service


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