Sunday, June 29, 2008

State targets Minority Children for removal from homes

Published: Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Minority children more likely to be removed from homes by state
By Jerry CornfieldHerald Writer

OLYMPIA – American Indian and black children are more likely than white children to be removed from their homes and placed in the state’s child welfare system, according to a report released today by the Department of Social and Health Services.

Hispanic children also landed more frequently in state-run care than white children, states the report.

The Washington State Institute for Public Policy compiled the data after tracking 58,005 children referred to Child Protective Services from 2004 to 2007.

“The report confirms what our social workers and our community partners are experiencing,” Robin Arnold-Williams, secretary of the Department of Social and Health Services said in a prepared statement.

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