Gretchen Whitmer Commission Probes 'Systemic Racism' in Foster Care

Gretchen Whitmer Commission Probes 'Systemic Racism' in Foster Care


Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s (D) administration announced Tuesday it would create a commission to study “systemic racism” in foster care.

Fox 2 reported:

The task force is a response to the “overrepresentation of children of color in the child protection system” which reflects a need for “fundamental system change.”

According to a press release issued by MDHHS (Michigan Department of Health and Human Services), Black children make up 29% of the state’s foster care population, despite being only 16% of the state’s total population. The disparity is evident among children of other minority races as well.

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“The over-representation of children of color in foster care in Michigan is unacceptable and demands a fundamental change in our system,” said Tommy Stallworth, who has been assigned the task force and currently leads the state’s coronavirus disparities task force.

The committee’s formation comes after Whitmer alleged health care professionals were racist

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