Achieving Racial Equity
Learn about our initiative to address racial disproportionality and disparity in the child welfare system.
On any given day, over 400,000 children are in the U.S. foster care system. A number of environmental and societal factors play a role in these kids being separated from their families, and while children of all races can be found in this system, a disproportionate number of these children are Black. Studies have shown that Black children in foster care experience disparate treatment and significantly higher risk for negative outcomes later in life compared to other children in the system.
Black children make up 14% of the total child population, but 23% of all kids in foster care. By comparison, white children make up 50% of the child population, and 44% of kids in foster care¹
23% of Black youth who age out of foster care experience homelessness and 29% experience incarceration, far higher rates than non-Black youth²
Many of the families involved in the child welfare system have practical needs that, when met by caring members of their community, have the power to drastically improve the trajectory of their lives. CarePortal engages child-serving professionals who work directly with kids and families in crisis to vet and alert the community to those needs while simultaneously mobilizing local churches, organizations, and community members who have the desire and resources to service those needs – all in real-time, in one central place. Here’s how it works.
You can make a difference by committing to provide, fund, or pray for these needs and families by signing up on CarePortal today. Together, we can achieve racial equity and facilitate healthy outcomes for all families.
Out of 33,000+ total zip codes in the U.S., 2,009 meet the following criteria:
>10,000 or >33% Black population
20% of population living in poverty
<$53, 000 median household income
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