In Hampton and Newport News
The general population is approximately 50% white and 50% Black. But in foster care, the racial disparity is tragic.
of all Black children will experience a child welfare investigation
number of Black children will be removed from their parents and placed into foster care compared to white children.
more likely to have their legal relationship with their parent or parents terminated than white children
Time to Make it Right
Black and brown families continue to suffer tremendous losses in attempts to fully participate in American society. Biased systems and policymakers deal unjustly when it comes to opportunities for family autonomy. This disparate handling of Black families in the child welfare system is where we must start if we ever hope to make it right.
Empower the People
Community Resource and Asset Mapping
A resource is only helpful if it's discoverable and accessible. So many resources in underserved communities go untapped simply because most of the people who need them can't get to them. In collaboration with the Sociology Department at Christopher Newport University, our Community Mapping Project aims to eliminate this barrier by using community members to source data into a managed and accessible mobile app. And where technology itself is a barrier, a community outreach liaison will provide printed directories updated monthly and work with public and private providers to secure reliable access to information.