There is no way that the proportions of Black and Native American children in foster care would ever happen to white children[…] if child welfare systems removed 1 in 10 white children from their families as they have in many Black and Native American communities, the systems would be shut down.
Dorothy Roberts, author of Shattered Bonds: The Color of Child Welfare
Black children constitute only 17 percent of the youth population in the U.S, yet make up 42 percent of all children in foster care nationwide. [pdf source download]
also, children of color receive objectively worse care in the system. Less likely to be returned home, higher number of average placements, because of rural vs. urban divide in CPS black and latin@ children in a foster placement may see a social worker as little as once a year, and parents frequently have parental rights terminated whilst trying to get their shit together simply because the social worker is too busy to see them and there is a limitation on how long a child can be placed outside of parental care without being put on an adoption track.
Reblogging because there’s an otherwise okay post making the rounds right now claiming Black children make up only 29% of US foster kids. That’s bullshit derived from the same source that propagates lethal “Reactive Attachment Disorder” ableism that tortures thousands of adoptees/foster kids and frequently ends in murder (Cassandra Killpack being just ONE of the fellow victims I could bring myself to post about).
Idgaf when people don’t get stats right, but if you’re gonna sound off on this epidemic of systemic removal of children of color, AT LEAST do the minimal two-click research that ensures you don’t elevate a source that advocates nothing less than ritualized child abuse. I dare you all to take just a cursory look into what happens at ATTACH and Evergreen Center…
(Source: , via brandx)