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Children of Color and Pennsylvania’s Child Welfare System
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Children of Color and Pennsylvania’s Child Welfare SystemAll children deserve the safety and security of being raised in loving and permanent families, free from abuse and neglect.

Yet a great disparity exists in Pennsylvania’s foster care system: African American children are six times more likely to be in foster care than white children and Latino children are three times more likely to be in foster care.

There are more than 18,000 Pennsylvania children living in foster care today. Forty-seven percent of these children are African American yet African American children comprise only 13 percent of the state’s child population. White children make up 80 percent of the state’s child population and comprise approximately 47 percent of Pennsylvania’s foster care population. This disproportionate rate of children of color in foster care is not only an issue in Pennsylvania but is a nationwide problem. More than half of the 500,000 children in foster care in the United States come from minority families even though children from minority communities comprise less than half of the children in the country.

This report was released in October 2009 and reflects the most recent data available. For more information, click here or contact KIDS COUNT Director Sandy Moore at smoore@papartnerships.org.

Data Tables
Children in Foster Care Placement on 3/31/09 By Race/Ethnicity (PDF)

2000 Census Population By Race/Ethnicity, County and County Type For Children From Birth Through Age 18 (PDF)
(See Chart #1 in the report)

Racial/Ethnic Composition of Pennsylvania Children in the Population and in Foster Care (PDF)
(See Chart #1 in the report)

Racial/Ethnic Disparity Indices for PA Children Entering Foster Care Placement by County Type (PDF)
(See Chart #2 in the report)

Racial/Ethnic Disparity Indices for Pennsylvania Children in Foster Care Placement by County Type (PDF)
(See Chart #3 in the report)

Discharge Reasons and Median Length of Stay for Pennsylvania Children Discharge (PDF)
(See Chart #4 and Chart #5 in the report)

Discharge Reasons and Median Length of Stay (in Months) for Children Discharged (PDF)
(See Chart #4 and Chart #5 in the report)

Also See
Race Matters - From the Annie E. Casey Foundation