Disproportionality in Foster Care

The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) annually publishes Disproportionality Rates for Children of Color in Foster Care Technical Assistance Bulletins, which identify national and state level disproportionality rates.

In most states, there are higher proportions of African American/Black and American Indian children in foster care than in the general child population, and in some states, Hispanic/Latino children are disproportionately represented, according to the 2015 Bulletin.

NCJFCJ uses the most current (2013) data and 2013 census data to calculate current disproportionality indexes for the nation, every state, and Washington, D.C. This index demonstrates whether children of different races and ethnicities are overrepresented or underrepresented in the foster care system.The Bulletin makes comparisons between 2000 and 2013 disproportionality rates to illustrate changes that have occurred in the last decade.

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