San Jose Politicians Address Latinos in State Child Welfare System

SAN JOSE (KCBS) — Politicians and community leaders gathered in East San Jose Friday to talk about local action on the number of Latino children in California’s welfare system.

Santa Clara County statistics shows 59 percent of all active cases in the child welfare system are Latino. According to the 2010 U.S. Census Bureau 26.9 percent of Santa Clara’s population identified as being of Hispanic or Latino origin.

Democratic State Assemblyman Jim Beall held a special hearing at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church’s parish hall on E. San Antonio Road to find out why the figures are so disproportionate and to figure out a solution.

The church has historical significance as being the place where Cesar Chavez met and organized with the United Farm Workers (UFW).

KCBS’ Betsy Gebhart Reports:

UFW co-founder Dolores Huerta spoke at the meeting.

Huerta pointed out a flaw in the system and said that a large number of kids in the program are likely to end up in prison.

“The lives of these children are priceless. If these families need help to keep their children from being taken away from them, to be put into the foster-care system, then those are the needs that have to be addressed.

Several of the politicians on hand said the issue is too complex for just one entity to solve.

Representatives from the State, county, city, police departments, courts and social service agencies shared their input.

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  1. Bay Area Guy says:

    How is this news. Everyone already knows the state is paying for all the anchor babies.

    “Santa Clara County statistics shows 59 percent of all active cases in the child welfare system are Latino.”

    We should not be suprised.

    “Democratic State Assemblyman Jim Beall held a special hearing at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church’s parish hall on E. San Antonio Road to find out why the figures are so disproportionate and to figure out a solution.”

    It’s not to hard to figure out Mr. Beal. Give them free food and they will come.
    Close to boarder , problem solved.

  2. 2012 says:

    “Huerta pointed out a flaw in the system and said that a large number of kids in the program are likely to end up in prison.”

    You should care for each child you give birth to. Society is not caregiver. If you don’t think you can teach them to be better member of society then maybe you need to evaluate how many kids you want to bring into this world. Stop blaming everyone else and make it everyone else’s responsibilities.

  3. wrenbradley says:

    It never fails to amaze me how mean spirited people can be. I don’t think you really get it. The overrepresentation of Latino children in the child welfare system points out that they are targeted by WHITE folks who may have another agenda or ax to grind against these families. Every family and child deserves to have their case treated with dignity, respect and competence.

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