The Nexus of Poverty, Place, Race, and Bureaucracy: A Multi-Method, Multi-Level Examination of Child Welfare Investigations

Awarded Scholars:
Melanie Nadon, University of Chicago
Project Date:
Jul 2022
Award Amount:

Impoverished families and families of color are disproportionately represented in the child welfare system at every level, from investigations to length of stay in foster care. While previous research has shown that poverty, race and ethnicity, and where a child lives are predictors of child welfare system involvement, little progress has been made to reduce disparities. Social service administration expert Melanie Nadon will examine why these disparities in the child welfare system continue to persist. She will analyze data from the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System and interview child welfare managers and case workers for her study.


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