The alarming overrepresentation of Black youth in foster care systems across the United States demands immediate attention. Statistics reveal that Black children are placed in foster care at a rate nearly double that of white children, raising critical concerns about systemic biases in child welfare.
This pressing issue underscores the urgent need for comprehensive reform. Our goals are to address the barriers Black families face and help Black foster youth thrive. This involves tackling racial bias and socioeconomic disparities, and implementing culturally sensitive interventions.
Through legislative changes, increased support for families, and a commitment to equity and inclusion, we aim to dismantle the barriers that perpetuate this injustice and create a more equitable system for all children. It’s time to rewrite the narrative and ensure that every child, regardless of their background, can thrive in a loving and nurturing environment.
In collaboration with the Gallup Center on Black Voices, the EMBRACE Project is a five-part national study to begin uncovering the gaps within the foster care system and begin a conversation about how to make the foster system work better for and with Black communities.