Racial diversity and inclusive representation in urban public child welfare

Catherine K. Lawrence, Wendy Zeitlin, Sreyashi Chakravarty, Angela DeCristofano, Salvador Armendariz

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This study explores racial diversity and inclusive representation in child welfare organizations, including demographic differences between White workers (WW) and workers of Color (WOC), representation of WOC across all levels of the agency, and influence of racial identity on intentions to remain employed. WW and WOC have many demographic and perceptual similarities regarding their work, yet WOC were significantly more likely to be in caseworker positions, and WW were more likely to be supervisors and managers (p =.015). At the same time, WOC significantly lower burnout scores suggest they are more resilient, although less likely to intend to stay.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)38-59
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Public Child Welfare
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2020


  • Racial diversity and inclusion
  • recruitment retention and promotion
  • workforce development


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