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Thursday, August 11th Childcare@ DFCS 6-9pm
Tuesday, August 23rd CASA Volunteer Orientation 6 pm @ Pope Street Cottage
Saturday, September 3rd
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Racial Disproportions in Foster Care
There have been many public assumptions made that racial bias is responsible for the disproportionately high numbers of black children in foster care. This is now being challenged by two new reports recently discussed at a conference held by Harvard Law School’s Child Advocacy Program. The first entitled "Race and Child Welfare" published online by the University of Chicago and the second, by Bartholet, “Race and Child Welfare: Disproportionality, Disparity, Discrimination: Re-Assessing the Facts, Re-Thinking the Policy Options.”
“Racial disproportionality” is a main focus of the discussion - the term meaning that the numbers of black children in foster care do not mirror the percentage of black children in the general population. The conference points to the unfortunate reality that black families are more likely to be subject to extreme poverty and other related conditions that can lead to maltreatment. The reports ask us to look away from the issue of bias and ask us instead to “focus on the actual maltreatment suffered disproportionately by black children growing up in severe poverty.”
In releasing these reports, Bartholet stated: “The focus on alleged child welfare system bias not only diverts attention from the most significant problems facing black families, but poses dangers to black children ….Reducing the number of children in care without reducing the prevalence of child maltreatment itself will endanger children. The work needed to facilitate real reform is much more challenging.”
If you are interested in donating small items to children first, please visit our wish list on target.com. You can donate things like toys, changing pads, curtains, or kitchen items. Items range from $3- $100 and everything in between. We really appreciate your support of the children and families we serve.
Family Time, was nominated to potentially get FREE GAS for a whole year. As you may know, Family Time Community Visitation, provides supervised visitation for families separated by abuse or neglect. Our licensed counselors teach parents the skills they need to be better parents and get the children out of foster care as quickly as possible. Because of your support we purchased a van so that we can provide transportation for them to visit with their parent. However, as you know, gas is incredibly expensive. Family Time provides this service free of charge to the family, so free gas would be a HUGE help to us!
You can help us to reunite families by simply voting every day, and if you're feeling extra generous, send this information out to your other contacts as well! Voting takes less than 10 seconds and closes on August 11th. VOTE HERE!