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North Carolina Child Removal

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Most states have state-administered systems that avoid many of the inconsistencies that have plagued NC child protective services.
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Troubled data system, loose compliance with standards, local autonomy, training and pay disparities, and resource imbalances add up to wide variation in child protection policies and outcomes across North Carolina.
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Confidentiality rules intended to protect children present challenges for investigating allegations of DSS misconduct.
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Rates at which local departments of social services remove children from families point to inequity and inconsistency, with extremes of very high and low levels.

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“Racism in medicine is a national emergency.” That’s how journalist Nicholas St. Fleur characterized the crisis facing American health care this spring, as his team at STAT embarked on “Color Code,” an eight-episode series exploring medical mistrust in communities of color across the country. In this webinar, we’ll take inspiration from their work to discuss strategies and examples for telling stories about inequities, disparities and racism in health care systems. Sign-up here!

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