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Overcoming racial disparities within the child welfare system

PHOENIX - Advocates say more Black children are in custody of the child welfare system while parents are struggling to get their families back together.

Jasmaine Shaphon cherishes every second she spends with her 6-month-old son, Mason.

The Arizona Department of Child Safety ruled she is safe and fit to take care of him, yet she still hasn't regained custody of her three older children who've been in the foster care system for nearly three years.

Matthew Stewart has worked in the child welfare system for 10 years and now helps people like Jasmaine navigate the system and get their kids back.

Stewart says part of the problem is that caseworkers have never been around Black culture and don't truly understand it.

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