Los Angeles’ Plan to Address the Overrepresentation of Black and LGBTQ Youth in Foster Care

The Chronicle of Social Change 
by Sara Tiano
May 22, 2019

 

On Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors created a new office to address the high number of African American and LGBTQ youth in the county’s child welfare system.

A new Office of Equity within the county’s Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) aims to stem the overrepresentation of these youth in foster care and address the disparities these communities experience.

“We have long known that LGBTQ youth and young people of color are overrepresented in our foster care system,” said Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, co-author of the motion that passed unanimously Tuesday, in an email. “We want to create the kinds of programs and systems that allow us to make the best, most culturally competent decisions we can for our 30,000 children in foster care.”

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