Within our communities, families of color comprise about 50% of the general population but in the context of local foster care, children of color represent nearly 80% of the roster of child welfare. This is obviously a significant over-representation which the Attaining Racial Equity and our Community Mapping Projects aim to resolve.
In collaboration with the Sociology Department at Christopher Newport University, we're working to identify the neighborhoods most impacted and discover the resources most needed by the families who live here and recruiting services to close the gaps in resources to foster stability and preservation and rebalance the representation of children requiring state intervention and those living and flourishing within their communities of origin.
Attaining Racial Equity
Families of color in Coastal Virginia are 40% more likely to be impacted by foster care than their white neighbors.