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Title: New methodology: Measuring racial or ethnic disparities in child welfare
Author(s): Rolock, N.
Subject(s): racial or ethnic disparity Child Welfare disproportionality over representation disparity foster care outcomes
Abstract: Understanding the disparate treatment of African American children in the child welfare system requires consideration of the dynamics at a community level and the state level. Looking across a state allows one to target policies and practices to areas within the state that are most in need. This paper argues for a new method of assessing disparate treatment in child welfare that takes into consideration the racial or ethnic makeup of the community in conjunction with the racial or ethnic makeup across the state. This paper uses decision based enumeration which helps to pinpoint decisions where disparities are the greatest, and helps target decisions that most impact disparate treatment. This paper utilizes a methodology that is both accessible to state and county child welfare administrators and utilizes data that is readily available to child welfare policy makers and administrators. Using data from Illinois to illustrate this methodology, this paper highlights the regions within the state where limited resources may be targeted to address disproportionate representation and disparate treatment in Illinois’ child welfare system.
Issue Date: 2011-09
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation Info: Rolock, N. 2011. New methodology: Measuring racial or ethnic disparities in child welfare. Children and Youth Services Review , 33(9): 1531-1537. DOI: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2011.03.017
Type: Article
Description: NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Children and Youth Services Review. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in PUBLICATION, [Vol 33, Issue 9, September 2011]DOI: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2011.03.017. The original publication is available at
ISSN: 0190-7409
Sponsor: Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, Erwin McEwen, Director
Date Available in INDIGO: 2012-08-16

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