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A Matter of Disproportionality


Jessica Dixon is interviewed by Krys Boyd of KERA.

Jessica Dixon, director of the W. W. Caruth Jr. Child Advocacy Clinic in SMU's Dedman School of Law, recently was interviewed by Krys Boyd of KERA radio's Think! program about the disproportionate number of minority children in foster care and the services they receive. Dixon told Boyd that about 60 percent of the nation's 500,000 children in foster care are African-American, although African-Americans make up only about 15 percent of the U.S. population.

Hear the interview, courtesy of KERA.

The W.W. Caruth, Jr. Child Advocacy Clinic represents abused and neglected children in Dallas County. The clinic is appointed by the Juvenile District Courts to serve as guardian/attorney ad litem for children. Student attorneys, under the supervision of the clinic director, are responsible for determining the best interests of the children and representing the children's voice in court.

 

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