Raymond Torres and Shirley Diaz
On an average day in the United States, 1,425 children are removed from their homes and placed in foster care — more than 500,000 kids a year. Almost 20% of these children are Latino. Raymond Torres, the executive director of Casey Family Services, discusses the causes of this overrepresentation, the need to enlist more Latino families to participate as foster families, and ways to reduce the number of Latino children who experience foster care in America. Shirley Díaz, a product of six different foster homes, has produced a public radio documentary about the foster care system. She brings a personal and poignant perspective to this discussion.