November 29, 2021

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Black children in Colorado are overrepresented in child welfare

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Black children are involved in Colorado’s child welfare system at rates far higher than all other kids, a disparity that has state officials reexamining decades-old policies that have contributed to racial bias. 

The overrepresentation exists in all levels of the child protection system — from the number of calls to the statewide child abuse hotline to the number of Black teens who emancipate from foster care without ever returning to their families or being adopted. Black teens were more than three times as likely as kids of other races to age out of foster care in 2020, according to data provided to The Colorado Sun by the state division of child welfare. 

Racial inequities in Colorado and child welfare systems across the nation are receiving fresh scrutiny in the continuing…

Jennifer Brown

2021-10-19 04:15:00

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