2001 Jordan Institute
6, No. 2
African American Families and Child Welfare
Reported more often to social services for child abuse and neglect.
More likely to have charges of abuse and neglect substantiated.
Receive fewer preventive services.
More likely to have their children placed in out-of-home care.
Children stay in foster care longer.
Black children overrepresented among those awaiting adoption.
Fewer prospective African-American adoptive families.
Receive fewer services overall.
Social workers have fewer face-to-face contacts with black families.
Black foster parents and kinship providers receive fewer services.
Fewer visits occur between black parents, children, and siblings.
Higher occurrence of termination of parental rights.
Less legal representation.
Black children involved in more transracial adoptions.
Source: Review of research literature by Connie Polk, NC Division of Social Services (2000).