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Racial Disproportionality in Child Welfare: Tools and Strategies for Change - Session I - May 24, 2005
Listen to Audio File Part 1
Listening time: 39 minutes
Welcome and Introductions
Gerald P. Mallon, Executive Director, NRCPFC

Racial Disproportionality in Child Welfare: A National Overview
Robert Hill, PhD, Senior Researcher, Westat, Rockville, Maryland

David Simmons, MSW, Director of Government Affairs and Advocacy, National Indian Child Welfare Association, Portland, Oregon

Listen to Audio File Part 2
Listening time: 21 minutes
State and Local Examples
Maxie Ann Rockymore, BSW, Supervisor, Foster Care and Reunification Unit, Children and Family Services Division, Minnesota Department of Human Services, St. Paul, MN

Jackie Buchanan, Region IV Administrator, Washington State Department of Child and Family Services, Seattle, WA

Listen to Audio File Part 3
Listening time: 25 minutes
In Your Own Backyard: Tools for Assessing for Disproportionality in Your Jurisdiction
Julie Ohm, MA, Senior Child Welfare Data Specialist, National Child Welfare Resource Center for Information and Data

Christine Fredrick, MS, Information Specialist, National Data Analysis System, Child Welfare League of America, Washington, DC

Questions and Discussion

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Robert Hill

Race Matters: Synthesis of Research Findings
PowerPoint Presentation


David Simmons
Disproportionality in Human Services: A Broad View of Disparities Faced by American Indian and Alaskan Native Children in Child Welfare
PowerPoint Presentation by Terry Cross, Director, National Indian Child Welfare Association


Maxie Rockymore
Racial Disproportionality in Child Welfare: Minnesota's Response
PowerPoint Presentation

Study of Outcomes for African American Children in Minnesota's Child Protection System
Report to the 2002 Minnesota State Legislature


Jackie Buchanan
Executive Summary of Research Report: Racial Disproportionality in the Child Welfare System in King County, Washington Full report available at
Julie Ohm and Christine Frederick
Using AFCARS, NCANDS, and Census Data to Obtain Demographic Data for Your State/City/County

Excel files containing data to help calculate disproportionality in any state

Annotated Bibliographies
Prepared for this teleconference by the National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information/National Adoption Information Clearinghouse (now the Child Welfare Information Gateway). Compiled in May 2005. For newer titles added to the Gateway database, click:
Racial Disproportionality in Child Welfare - What We Know

Assessing Disproportionality in Child Welfare