Document Category: Disproportionality & Disparities

Building Bridges for Every Child: Reception, Care and Services to Support Unaccompanied Children in the United States

This report offers recommendations for strengthening child-sensitive reception, care, and services for unaccompanied children in the United States. Drawing on UNICEF’s global experience, international guidance, and the insights of key stakeholders, the report intends to offer a constructive, solutions-oriented vision for addressing the challenges related to child-sensitive reception and care within the U.S.

Integrating Positive Youth Development and Racial Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Approaches Across the Child Welfare and Justice Systems

This paper explores why systems need a new emphasis on Positive Youth Development (PYD) approaches that incorporate racial equity and inclusion, why it is important to focus on young adults specifically, and why the child welfare and justice systems are particularly important sectors in which to provide positive, developmentally appropriate supports. This paper also introduces …

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Kids Count Data Center

A project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation and a premier source of data on children and families. Each year, the Foundation produces a comprehensive report — the KIDS COUNT Data Book — that assesses child well-being in the United States.

Elevating Culturally Specific Evidence-Based Practices

This brief provides an overview of ten culturally specific programs and two culturally responsive interventions, the evidence for each, and the considerations for next steps to have each reviewed and possibly approved by the Prevention Services Clearinghouse. Each was uniquely and intentionally designed for people of color, with varied social economic status, and seeks to …

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Kansas Racial Equity Collaborative

The Racial Equity Collaborative is a Kansas statewide effort to understand the history of racial inequities in child welfare and to define the problem through a shared language and advocate for racial equity moving forward. Videos and presentation slides discussing these topics are presented.

Promoting Antiracist Child Welfare Practice: NCWWI 1-page Summary

This 1-pager summarizes a study where authors interviewed 16 regional- and state-level public child welfare agency administrators representing 13 states on the inequities they see in the child welfare system, the major challenges they’ve experienced advancing antiracist practice, and strategies they believe will be successful in moving practice forward.


The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians worked with the QIC-WD to develop an onboarding program. This video highlights the experience of workers, supervisors, and leaders who speak to the importance of cultural understanding and implementing a process that introduces workers to all functions of the agency as well as the job.

AFCARS Reports

The Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) collects case-level information on all children in foster care and those who have been adopted with title IV-E agency involvement. Presents national estimates of foster care and adoption population characteristics and breakdowns via state.