Nationwide, children who are removed from their homes by child protective services for fewer than 30 days are overwhelmingly Asian American, Black or Native American, raising questions about the impartiality of states’ child welfare systems and policies, according to a Rutgers study.

“Removing children from their homes, while sometimes necessary, should always be the last resort,” said Cassandra Simmel, an associate professor at the School of Social Work at Rutgers University and co-author of the study published in the journal Children and Youth Services Review. “Our data, which looked at children and adolescents removed temporarily, show that certain families and populations are targeted more than others.” To read the full story.