From the Editor: "Why are All the Kids Black and All the Staff White?": Anti-racism Work in Child Welfare.

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Date: March-April 2022
From: Child Welfare(Vol. 100, Issue 2)
Publisher: Child Welfare League of America, Inc.
Document Type: Editorial
Length: 696 words
Lexile Measure: 1430L

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"What are all the kids Black and all the staff White?," asked Leslie, my then-nine-year-old neurodivergent daughter, when she was a child in the out-of-home-care system. Leslie, who is Black, was puzzled by what she had observed about the people who were charged with caring for her. At that time-and being less aware of the privilege that my own white skin carried-I had no savvy answers to give her. I felt at a loss to explain the phenomenon that she had observed and had lived in every day until she left the system at the age of 16. Now, as 54-year-old woman, Leslie still is asking things and wondering why she was reared in a system that was dominated by White people. That's a long time to be pondering such questions. Has our child welfare system-of which I now have been a part for 46 years-struggled as much with this same observation?

It is becoming more and more clear that if child-, family-, and community-serving organizations desire to affect disparate outcomes for Black families,...

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