Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Initial Child Welfare Experience

Robert M. Ortega, Andrew Grogan-Kaylor, Mary Ruffolo, Jenell Clarke and Rebecca Karb

in Child Welfare and Child Well-Being

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780195398465
Published online February 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199863426 | DOI:
Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Initial Child Welfare Experience

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This chapter considers the issue of racial disparities in child services. Although much attention has been given to racial and ethnic differences in child welfare service receipt, the chapter looks at each major racial and ethnic group separately. In delineating the special cultural characteristics policy makers and practitioners should keep in mind when planning programs or services for U.S. children, the chapter found an otherwise almost completely unexplored research possibility within the culture and race discourse: within-group comparisons. Although the attention to cross-race comparisons is warranted, it can obscure critical variation within groups.

Keywords: Ethnic Diversity; racial disparities; child welfare service

Chapter.  14970 words.  Illustrated.

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