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Disparities and Disproportionality in Child Welfare: Analysis of the Research

  title={Disparities and Disproportionality in Child Welfare: Analysis of the Research},
  author={John D. Fluke and Brenda Jones Harden and Molly Anne Jenkins and Ashleigh Reuhrdanz},
When discussing the problem of racial disproportionality in child welfare services it is easy to set up a spurious argument suggesting either staff racism or differential rates of maltreatment lead to disparate services and outcomes (Bartholet, p. 874). Yet the complexity of the problem as evidenced by its longstanding and pervasive nature (Fluke, Harden, Jenkins and Ruehrdanz, 2010), would suggest this is a fallacy of bifurcation, constructing an either/or question when the truth is actually a… Expand

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