Blind Removal Meetings — What Are They?

I just joined! 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 [...]

The Need to Increase Awareness of Implicit Bias

Original Article Authored by Lisa Wong and published at Authored by: Lisa Wong, Senior Fellow Implicit bias is everywhere. From the workplace and health care settings to daily interactions at the supermarket and in our neighborhoods, there are numerous conscious and unconscious ways in which our own race and those of others affect behavior [...]

Former Child Welfare Caseworker and Social Work Researcher Acknowledges Higher Rates of Child Removals and the Destruction of Black Families

Article originally posted on Medium. Authored by: Latagia Copeland Tyronce, MSW I recently stumbled across a new TED Talk conference/video, hosted by social worker and scholar Dr. Jessica Pryce, which reiterates what I and other child welfare reform advocates are already well aware of; child welfare professionals not only target black families but also are [...]

More evidence of racial bias in child welfare – and an ingenious new way to curb it

Article originally published on the website for the  National Coalition of Child Protection Reform.  When writing about the racial bias that permeates child welfare, I often mention a study in which caseworkers were given hypothetical cases. Everything was identical except the race of the family.  The result: Children were assessed as being at greater risk when [...]

Dr. Jessica Pryce Highlights Implicit Bias through Child Welfare TEDTalk

Original Article Posted by FSU College of Social Work Author: RACHEL CORRY Dr. Jessica Pryce and her team at the Florida Institute for Child Welfare(Institute) are continuously working with researchers and organizations to find effective, evidence-based solutions to child welfare challenges in Florida. As a part of this mission, Pryce has actively sought out unique, innovative opportunities [...]

Transform child welfare; take race out of the equation

The intractable issue of racial injustice is creating and perpetuating child trauma and disrupting family wellbeing. Child protection authorities taking black children into custody at higher rates is not a new phenomenon. In 1972, Andrew Billingsley and Jeanne Giovannoni wrote a book  that traced the history of unjust treatment of black families by the child [...]