Overrepresentation (Child Welfare) Law and Legal Definition
Overrepresentation is inclusion of a disproportionate number of observations in a target population relative to the general population. In child welfare, the term usually refers to the disproportionate number of children of color in the child welfare system.
It is differences in the percentage of children of a certain racial or ethnic group in the country as compared to the percentage of the children of the same group in the child welfare system. For example, in 2000, Black children made up 15.1 percent of the children in The U.S. but 36.6 percent of the children in the child welfare system.
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