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PCC Cascade Expands its Food Pantry for Students

The majority of PCC students are food insecure, with up to 15% homeless

Controversial Washington Lawmaker Spreads Views Across West

Republican Rep. Matt Shea was suspended from the Republican caucus in the wake of a December report that found he was involved in anti-government activities and several lawmakers have called on him to resign, something he says he will not do

2020 Census Begins in Remote Toksook Bay, Alaska

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St. Andrew Parish Presents 2020 Martin Luther King, Jr. Awards

The awards are given to people whose service embodies the values of Dr. King, who used nonviolence, civil disobedience, and Christian teaching to advance the cause of civil rights in America

NEWS BRIEFS

States Sue Trump Administration Over New 3D-Printed Gun Rule

The administration’s latest rule allows 3D-printed gun files to be released on the internet ...

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Annual “Salute to Greatness” Luncheon Celebrating Students, Community & Civic Leaders

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Grant High School Students to Read Their Own Work at Broadway Books

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Groups want federal protection for wolverines

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Seaside man gets 20 years for encouraging child sex abuse

SEASIDE, Ore. (AP) — A Seaside man was sentenced to 20 years in prison Friday for encouraging child sex abuse.Joshua Allen Pickering, 36, pleaded guilty to eight counts of encouraging child sex abuse in the second degree. He was originally charged with 18 counts of possession of child...

New Missouri coach Eli Drinkwitz predicts success

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Eli Drinkwitz was saying all the right things after being introduced as the new football coach at Missouri, laying out his vision for the once-proud program with unwavering confidence and bold proclamations.Then the former Appalachian State coach made a minor...

LSU's Burrow, Auburn's Brown named AP SEC players of year

LSU quarterback Joe Burrow is a unanimous selection as the offensive player of the year on The Associated Press All-Southeastern Conference football team.The top-ranked Tigers also have the SEC’s coach of the year in Ed Orgeron and the newcomer of the year in freshman cornerback Derek...

OPINION

Martin Luther King Day is an Opportunity for Service

Find out where you can volunteer and make a difference to the community ...

Looking to 2020 — Put Your Vote to WORK!

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How Putting Purpose Into Your New Year’s Resolutions Can Bring Meaning and Results

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I Was Just Thinking… Mama in the Classroom

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AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Georgia inmate who came close to execution in 2017 dies

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia death row inmate whose planned execution was halted in September 2017 by the U.S. Supreme Court after his lawyers argued his death sentence was tainted by a juror's racial bias has died, according to the state Department of CorrectionsKeith “Bo” Tharpe,...

Germany urged to fight anti-Semitism to avoid Jewish exodus

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's foreign minister is calling for strengthened efforts against anti-Semitism to ward off the possibility that many Jews decide to leave the country.Heiko Maas said in an article Sunday for the weekly Der Spiegel that German politicians must do more “but there is...

Simmons doc, sans Oprah, receives huge ovation at Sundance

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Without Oprah or Apple, the Russell Simmons documentary “On the Record” went ahead with its premiere Saturday at the Sundance Film Festival, where the women who came forward with sexual assault allegations against the hip-hop mogul received one of the...

ENTERTAINMENT

Review: Haden Triplets sustain tradition of sibling harmony

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Rapper YG arrested in Los Angeles on suspicion of robbery

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Actress Rosie Perez says she was told of Weinstein rape

NEW YORK (AP) — "Do the Right Thing" actress Rosie Perez testified Friday that fellow screen star Annabella Sciorra told her in the mid-1990s that Harvey Weinstein had raped her but that she couldn't go to the police because “he'd destroy me.”Taking the stand at the former...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Diddy calls out Grammys and demands change in fiery speech

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Sean “Diddy” Combs called out the Grammy Awards for dissing rap...

Dark cloud looms over new artists celebrating at Grammys

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'Sesame Street' comforts children displaced by Syrian war

NEW YORK (AP) — “Sesame Street” in the past year has tackled everything from foster care to...

'This is huge': Locust swarms in Africa are worst in decades

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New documentary cloaks anonymous sources in 'face doubles'

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — In documentaries, anonymous sources have often been reduced to a shadowy,...

Israeli backpacker jailed in Russia files for pardon

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By Brian Stimson of The Skanner News

For years, African American and Native American children have been overrepresented in Oregon's Child Welfare system. A new report says Black families are more likely to be reported for possible abuse, just as likely as White families for a complaint to be found valid, but much more likely to have their children removed from their homes. Those children are also kept away from their homes for a much longer period of time than White children, according to the report.
The report was made by Portland State University's Child Welfare Partnership and delivered to a meeting of Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski's Child Welfare Equity Task Force on Sept. 25. The task force was formed in January of 2009.
The study found that citizens made over 54,000 reports of possible child abuse or neglect on more than 33,000 families during the period of study. Many of these reports are mandated by state law for certain people such as nurses, doctors, social workers and teachers. Black and Native American families are two to three times as likely to be reported for suspected abuse than other families. As 20 percent of these families are "race unknown" those numbers could be even higher when taking into account mixed race households.
Once a report is received by child welfare, Black and White families are equally as likely to be referred for a full assessment by a social worker, and just as likely to be found to have a valid complaint, but that's where the similarities end.
Once the agency had determined that neglect or abuse occurred, Black children are more likely to be removed from the home – an act that causes a significant trauma for children, even in cases where parents are found to be neglectful or abusive, according to the report.
Black children are four times more likely to be referred to foster care. Only 18 percent of these children are sent to stay with relatives. Relative placement has been a high priority for Child Welfare, but relative placements remain low, even for White children (16 percent). The highest number of relative placements occurred for Native Americans.
Once children enter the foster care system, all children of color stayed in the system longer than White children. Only 65 percent of Black children entering the system were reunified with their parents, a percentage greater than White children (62 percent were reunited with their parents). Of the 35 percent of Blacks who remained in the system, only about 4 percent were adopted into guardianship. The rest aged out of the foster care system.
The authors of the report say the reasons behind these disparities are unknown with the current data.
"Focus Groups with those involved in each decision point (professionals and family/community members) will provide a context for the data, offering possible explanations for the mechanism behind the differences and, more importantly, suggestions for practices that might improve the equity of service delivery across the system," says the report.

 


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