Racial disparities plague foster care in America, and in New York: Let’s start fixing the problem

November 05, 2019

Originally published in The Daily News on October 28, 2019.

A groundbreaking data project shows that national foster care numbers are dropping while systems across the country are increasing the number of foster homes for these children to live in.

While this is good news, black children are much more likely to live in foster care than their peers — but are rarely cared for by black foster families.

“Who Cares: A National Count of Foster Homes and Families,” launched by the Chronicle of Social Change, shows a drop in the overall foster care population for 2019 to just under 430,000 as of March 2019, as compared with 440,000 in 2017, the last year federal data is available.

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