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When children cannot remain with their parents, they do best when they are raised by relatives. African-American children are more likely to be removed from their families and placed in foster care than white children. When placed in foster care, they often lose connections to their cultural identity and experience poor outcomes.
Prioritizing and supporting relatives for children who cannot remain with their parents benefit children in three ways:
- Improved Well-Being,
- Preserved Cultural Identity,
- Reduced Disproportionality of African-American Children in traditional Foster Care.