Factsheet

Seven Reasons Why Black Youth Are Overrepresented in Ontario’s Child Welfare System

2022

Seven Reasons Why Black Youth Are Overrepresented in Ontario’s Child Welfare System

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This factsheet was created by YouthREX, in partnership with the Vulnerability, Trauma, Resilience & Culture Lab in the School of Psychology, University of Ottawa.

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There is an overrepresentation of Black children and youth in Ontario’s child welfare system, which often results in negative outcomes for Black youth; these can include homelessness, lower levels of education, unemployment, lower incomes, mental health challenges, and involvement in the criminal justice system.

We must understand the factors contributing to the overrepresentation of Black children and youth in our child welfare systems in order to inform policies through a lens of racial equity that can better accommodate and support Black families.

These seven reasons surfaced through focus groups with caseworkers and community facilitators in Ontario.

From The Seven Reasons Why Black Children Are Overrepresented in the Child Welfare System in Ontario (Canada): A Qualitative Study from the Perspectives of Caseworkers and Community Facilitators (2021) by Jude Mary Cénat, Pari-Gole Noorishad, Konrad Czechowski, Joana N. Mukunzi, Saba Hajizadeh, Sara-Emilie McIntee, & Rose Darly Dalexis in Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal.

Youth Research & Evaluation eXchange (YouthREX). (2022). Seven Reasons Why Black Youth Are Overrepresented in Ontario’s Child Welfare System. https://youthrex.com/factsheet/seven-reasons-why-black-youth-are-overrepresented-in-ontarios-child-welfare-system

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