Racial Equity in Adoption

Race should not determine whether a child enters foster care, is reunified, or adopted. It is clear from national data that Black/African American children have disproportionate permanency outcomes and experiences in foster care. The National Council For Juvenile Justice disproportionality dashboard revealed that in 2017 Black/African American children are 1.53 times more likely to be identified as victims of abuse or neglect and 1.67 times more likely to be in foster care. A recent report released by Child Welfare Information Gateway showed that Black/African American children are also more likely to wait to be adopted. According to the report, Caucasian children/youth are three times more likely to be adopted than Black/African American children and youth in foster care.

The Adoption Exchange Association (AEA) and its members feel compelled to act! Partnering with the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute (NCWWI), Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, The Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP), North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC), The Center for Adoption Support and Education (CASE), The Coalition for Children, Youth and Families and Spence-Chapin and our entire national member network, we are pleased to strengthen our capacity around racial equity to improve permanency outcomes for the children we serve.

Webinar Recordings:
  1. "What I didn't know, I didn't know": how racial equity practices and principles apply to adoption work (July 15, 2020)
  2. Better preparing adoptive families to be anti-racist (July 30, 2020)
  3. Building adoption competency and strengthening racial equity within the adoption workforce (August 6, 2020)
  4. Building organizational capacity to improve racial equity and inclusion (August 26, 2020)
  5. inSIGHT: a virtual workshop on implicit racial bias for adoption professionals (September 17, 2020)
  1. Peer to Peer Publication: Best practices from the field on racial equity, The Coalition for Children, Youth and Families
  2. Peer to Peer Publication: Best practices from the field to develop and facilitate a stakeholder group comprised of people of color
    • Publication release date - September 2020

Resources & Tips:
  1. Data collection/calculating disproportionality rate for our state/county:
  2. Racial equity fundamentals
  3. Common steps and timelines

  4. Organizational environment inclusiveness around workforce retention: