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The Race Factor in Child Welfare The Role of Poverty There are many racial issues that have been acknowledged over the years and there have been many changes in the institution working for blacks and other races However we still have individual discrimination among the society in this world today Research shows very clearly that African-American families and children are treated far differently by the system than white families and their children Latinos too suffer from racial and ethnic bias Asians also have this problem but the state and city dont really keep up with the data for that population so there is no way of knowing for sure This is a time of change in child welfare for this new millenium The number of children the city removed from parents and placed in foster care increased even as crime rates declined drug use was down and the general standard of living in poor neighborhoods had improved The impact of this increase is proportioned more towards African Americans and Latinos Research shows that black parents are far more likely to be reported for abuse or neglect than whites Therefore black children are twice as likely as whites to be removed from the home I am not arguing that children dont need protection but some parents refuse to care for their children in a good way and these kids often have to be placed in someone elses care Racism is defined as the unfair control that one group places over another group due to the belief that those to be controlled are inferior to others The removal of a Black or Latino child from his or her parents is without a doubt a racist action in a system controlled by whites Many minority leaders argue that because our child welfare system serves minorities and the very poor it has become a series of interventions that tear up families rather than providing
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