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Addressing Disparities in How the State Treats Children
Texans Care for Children

May, 2011

Texans Care for Children
Addressing Disparities in How the State Treats Children
Disproportionality is what happens when a particular ethnic or racial population is overrepresented within a public system or program. Over the weekend, SB 501 (West), an important bill to address disproportionality for children, became law.
 
SB 501 creates a council to study disparities in treatment and outcomes for groups of children, and to make recommendations to move Texas toward more equitable results. This will be the first time state efforts already underway to address disproportionality within the juvenile justice, child welfare, and health care systems will be brought together under one umbrella. What's more, mental health and certain educational services will come under the purview of the new council, as well.
 
Texans Care for Children today released a new policy paper examining how disproportionality affects one area of state government: Child Protective Services. Ensuring the Child Welfare System Works for All Texas Children examines the data showing that children of color are involved in the child welfare system at higher levels than white children. Additionally, the paper examines why children of different racial and ethnic backgrounds face differing outcomes within the child welfare system, what Texas has done to address disproportionality, and what Texans can continue to do to ensure all children receive appropriate CPS care. Read the paper now.
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