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Message ID: 8877
Date: 2011-06-12

Author:D F MCMAHON

Subject:racial disproportion

Q--what info is there regarding racial identification of kids in foster care, and how does this play into racial disproportion statistics? Ex: I know of a former foster youth whose mother is half white, half Native American but mom never enrolled in tribal membership nor did the son. His father is African-American. Based on appearance alone, the youth would be considered African-American. His mother considers herself Native and the youth considers himself African-American and Native. Officially, he was white--much to their irritation as well as that of their extended family. The US Census bases identification on self-identification--but in the child welfare system that is likely taken over by the system. Also, what about Latino kids, the race/ethnicity distinction, and regional differences? If statistics show no racial discrepancy for Latino children in the foster care system in a region, to what extent can that be considered an accurate portrayal? Sheri McMahon Fargo, ND

Q--what info is there regarding racial identification of kids in foster care, and how does this play into racial disproportion statistics? Ex: I know of a former foster youth whose mother is half white, half Native American but mom never enrolled in tribal membership nor did the son. His father is African-American. Based on appearance alone, the youth would be considered African-American. His mother considers herself Native and the youth considers himself African-American and Native. Officially, he was white--much to their irritation as well as that of their extended family. The US Census bases identification on self-identification--but in the child welfare system that is likely taken over by the system. Also, what about Latino kids, the race/ethnicity distinction, and regional differences? If statistics show no racial discrepancy for Latino children in the foster care system in a region, to what extent can that be considered an accurate portrayal? Sheri McMahon Fargo, ND