Disproportionality Rates for Children of Color in Foster Care

This bulletin utilizes the most current (2013) Adoption and Foster Care Reporting System (AFCARS) data and 2013 census data estimates to calculate current disproportionality indexes for every State. The bulletin makes comparisons between 2000 and 2013 disproportionality rates to illustrate changes that have occurred in the last decade regarding overrepresentation of children of color in the foster care system. Findings indicate that while disproportionality rates increased between 2000 and 2004, African American/Black disproportionality has now decreased to 2.0 from 2.5 times their rates in the general population nationally. American Indian disproportionality has increased over the last twelve years from 1.5 to 2.4, and Hispanic/Latino children are now overrepresented in only five States. State level data is presented that includes data on the race and ethnicity of children in out-of-home care and the racial disproportionality of children in care by racial group. (Published 2015 - Author: Alicia Sumners)

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