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Dynamics that contribute to racial disproportionality and disparity: Perspectives from child welfare professionals, community partners, and families

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  • Miller, Keva M.
  • Cahn, Katharine
  • Orellana, E. Roberto

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This qualitative study used focus groups to explore child welfare and collaborating system decision makers, community partners, and families' perspectives on the dynamics that contribute to racial disproportionality and disparity in Oregon's child welfare system. Findings revealed that poverty, lack of trust, negative perceptions of clients' behaviors, inability to relate to clients, raising/differing expectations for families of color, holding onto the past, and lack of family engagement were dynamics that contributed to racial disproportionality and disparate treatment of families of color in the child welfare system. Practice and policy implications are discussed and recommendations for action steps and interventions to improve outcomes for children and families of color are presented.

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  • Miller, Keva M. & Cahn, Katharine & Orellana, E. Roberto, 2012. "Dynamics that contribute to racial disproportionality and disparity: Perspectives from child welfare professionals, community partners, and families," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 34(11), pages 2201-2207.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:cysrev:v:34:y:2012:i:11:p:2201-2207
    DOI: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2012.07.022
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    1. Drake, Brett & Lee, Sang Moo & Jonson-Reid, Melissa, 2009. "Race and child maltreatment reporting: Are Blacks overrepresented?," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 31(3), pages 309-316, March.
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    1. Miller, Keva M. & Bank, Lewis, 2013. "Moderating effects of race on internalizing and externalizing behaviors among children of criminal justice and child welfare involved mothers," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 35(3), pages 472-481.

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