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date: 10 December 2023

Racial Disparities in the Child Welfare Systemlocked

Racial Disparities in the Child Welfare Systemlocked

  • Alan J. DettlaffAlan J. DettlaffUniversity of Illinois at Chicago


Racial disproportionality and disparities have been documented in the child welfare system in the United States since at least the 1960s, yet they persist as a national problem. This article provides an overview of the history of racial disproportionality and disparities in child welfare systems, the continuing presence of racial disproportionality and disparities, and the factors that contribute to racial disproportionality and disparities. The article concludes with strategies that have been developed over the years to address racial disproportionality and disparities, including calls for abolition of the child welfare system as a means of addressing these persistent problems.


  • Children and Adolescents
  • Race, Ethnicity, and Culture

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