Child Welfare is not Exempt from Structural Racism

  Social workers and social scientists have a duty to educate, clarify and raise consciousness when empirically unfounded conclusions that can be harmful to marginalized populations are promoted as fact. Some may read Naomi Schafer Riley’s blog for the American Enterprise Institute – No, The Child Welfare System Isn’t Racist – and deem it as just another piece [...]

White Paper: Using Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Predictive Analytics in Decision Making

White Paper published this week: Using Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Predictive Analytics in Decision Making  The world is becoming increasingly dependent on technology, cell phones, and other hand-held devices that put the entirety of the internet in the hands of users. Streaming services provide users with real-time up-to-date recommendations on television shows, YouTube clips, [...]

Blind Removal Meetings — What Are They?

I just joined Medium.com! Here's my first article. The intractable issues of racism and discrimination have been persistent in our country and throughout the world. Racism has found its way into nearly every crevice of society. We have read about bias in the criminal justice system, we have witnessed the subjectivity within interactions with law enforcement, we’ve seen the [...]

Grants Available for Disparity Research

The Florida Institute for Child Welfare (Institute) is pleased to invite proposals for research examining biases that result in disparity within the child welfare system in Florida or among dually-served or crossover youth (youth arrested from the general population and those with current Department of Children and Families ‘out-of-home’ placements). The Institute seeks to understand [...]