Charlottesville Child Welfare Study

Authors:Claibourn, Michele, LB-Univ Librarian-GeneralUniversity of Virginia ORCID icon, Charlotte, BA-SE InitiativeUniversity of Virginia Aluri, Bharat, EN-Eng Sys and EnvironmentUniversity of Virginia Elder, RebeccaUniversity of Virginia Mekavibul, James, EN-Comp Science DeptUniversity of Virginia Pan, NaifeiUniversity of Virginia Provost, NatalieUniversity of Virginia Sullivan, Hannah, CU-Leadshp, Fndns & Pol StudiesUniversity of Virginia Wang, Jia YingUniversity of Virginia Woon, Michael, Engineering UndergraduateUniversity of Virginia Wu, Melissa, Commerce UndergraduateUniversity of Virginia

Studies throughout the United States have repeatedly shown that black children and their families are dis- proportionately represented in the child welfare system and frequently experience disparate, and less favorable, outcomes relative to white children and their families. This study assesses Charlottesville’s child welfare caseload for evidence of racial disproportionality – overrepresentation of racial groups in the child welfare system relative to their presence in the population – and racial disparity – less favorable outcomes for some racial groups compared to others – at multiple stages of interaction with the child welfare system. Using administrative data on children reported to Child Protective Services from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2017, we examined referrals and new clients, post-referral decisions, and foster care outcomes by race.

Child welfare, Charlottesville, Community research
Source Citation:

Prepared by the Public Interest Data Lab for the Charlottesville Department of Social Services, Charlottesville, VA.

University of Virginia
Published Date:
August 2018

Produced by the Public Interest Data Lab: A Project of the University of Virginia Library, the UVA Data Science Institute, and the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy.