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

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.

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