State & Local Programs

Understanding Disproportionality

Racial disproportionality is the overrepresentation or underrepresentation of children of color in the foster care system, as compared to the total population of children of color in the community.


CASA program staff and volunteers can begin to address the issues of racial disproportionality by:

  • Increasing their awareness of the issue through resources and trainings
  • Getting a clear picture of disproportionality in the community by collecting data on the race and ethnicity of the children in foster care as compared to the child population
  • Partnering with child welfare providers and court representatives to identify and address the root causes of disproportionality in their communities


National Publications and Online Resources

The resources below are offered to help your CASA/GAL program understand and address the issues of disproportionality as they affect the children and families we serve. These materials can be customized and used to create in-service trainings for staff and volunteers.

National CASA Publications and Training Resources






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