Judge Lola Sohappy & Michael Ware are Co-Chairs!!! Dottie Garcia Nichole Maher Kristi Barrett
What is the “disproportionality index”? – I NEED AN ANSWER.
Over 54,000 reports filed in the study period Black families are 2-3 times more likely to be reported than they are represented in Oregon’s general population National Incidence Studies indicate that there is not greater abuse or neglect for children of color
Small Group discussion
Casey-CSSP alliance for Racial Equity in Child Welfare collaborates on research projects designed to help policy makers and child welfare professionals make informed decisions about their work to address disproportionality. The alliance posits that when six dimensions or “critical levers” are activated together, they will work interdependently to achieve the long term change goal of the alliance. Each of the dimensions is necessary to bring about change for children and families of color in the child welfare system, yet each one is insufficient to achieve the overall goal on its own. The six dimensions are: Must be activated TOGETHER!!! Which one(s) of the “levers” relate to the Juve Attorneys
Safe & Equitable Foster Care Reduction: Report on Disproportionality and Disparities in Oregon’s Child Welfare System Governor’s Task Force on Child Welfare Racial Equity Kory Murphy, B.S Keva M. Miller, Ph.D., LCSW Jim White, Ph.D. November 13, 2009
Safe & Equitable Foster Care Reduction in Oregon
Over 13,000 children spent at least one day in foster care in 2008.
On any given day, 8,775 Oregon children are in foster care, while that number was nearly 9,800 last year. Although the number of children in foster care in Oregon declined in 2008, Oregon continues to place more children in foster care than other states in the country.
How do kids come into foster care?
How can more families be better supported so less kids need foster care?
“ It is sometimes difficult to discern the parameters for ensuring child safety while maintaining cultural sensitivity.”
“ It is necessary to understand that a one size fits all practice does not serve all families well. Families would fare better if child welfare and collaborating agencies/systems were more sensitive and accepting of differences of racially, ethnically, and culturally diverse populations.”
Who Makes the Reports? *Status of Children 2008
What else can you think of as factors, challenges, & barriers?
Disproportionality Theories: Research Adapted from Congressional Research Service. August 2005. Race/Ethnicity and Child Welfare . More likely to come into contact with social service or other workers who notice and report maltreatment More likely to be in poor, single parent homes – risk factors for maltreatment Have less access to services that prevent placement and hasten permanency More likely to be reported and less likely to be reunified due to biased decision making Children of Color