Issue: Minority Disproportionality
disproportionality in the child welfare system is a nationwide problem
that affects Native Americans, Asian Americans, African Americans, and
Latino Americans in
Most current research focuses on the overrepresentation of African Americans. In Ohio, African Americans make up 11.5% of the general population, but represent 42% of children in temporary custody and 52% in permanent custody. The national average for African American children in foster care is 35%. African American children stay in custody longer and are adopted at a lower rate than Caucasian children. The statistics are staggering. Researchers, as well as many in the field, are concerned.