Does Race Determine Whether Kids Get Taken Away from Their Families?

WNYC/NJPR | May 27, 2015 | Social
Analysis shows black children are much more likely to be place in foster homes in NJ

Are black mothers held to higher, tougher, unfair standards when social-services agencies rule on custody of their children?

An investigation by New Jersey Public Radio and WNYC – which examined data related to more than 25,000 children who entered foster care over a five-year period – revealed that black children are more than four times as likely as white children to enter foster care in New Jersey.

In 2013, for instance, black children – who make up just 14 percent of the child population in New Jersey – accounted for 41 percent of those entering foster care.

Read the full report by NJPR and WNYC, content partners of NJ Spotlight.