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Missing Voices: Black Mothers and the Politics of Child Welfare

Abstract

"One of the most striking aspects of the child welfare system is its racial disparity," says Roberts. "Black children make up almost half of the foster care population, although they are only 17 percent of the nation's youth. Of the many public voices critical of the system, rarely heard are those of Black mothers whose children have been placed in foster care. My lecture will look at the system from their perspective to explore the reasons for the racial disparity and why we should be concerned about it, and to challenge the current direction of child welfare policy."

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