Members of Congress Host Child Welfare Summit

Yesterday Representatives Danny Davis (D-IL), Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), and Karen Bass (D-CA) hosted a summit on child welfare at the Capitol Visitors Center in Washington DC. The summit, Increasing Permanency for African American Children Involved in the Child Welfare System, addressed issues affecting children of color in the child welfare system, and in particular African American children being over-represented compared to their representation in the general child population.

The summit held panel discussions on disproportionally and disparities in the child welfare system, successes in keeping children with their families and out of the system, successes in finding permanent homes for children in care, and how stakeholders with in the African American community, child welfare system and federal government can work together to scale up the successes.Linda Spears, Child Welfare League of America’s Vice President for Policy and Public Affairs participated in the summit and discussed many of these topics as she presented on a panel of executives of national child welfare agencies.

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