LANSING, Mich. (AP) _ The Michigan Race Equality Coalition says minority children are more likely than white children to enter and stay in the state’s foster care system.

A new report supports anecdotal evidence and national studies that show racial disparities in child welfare. Coalition leaders say the data could help state agencies improve prevention and early intervention efforts, and will inform policies to support children in the system.

The report says African-American children are more than twice as likely to age out of the foster care system. Hispanic children are 40 percent more likely to be removed from their homes.

The coalition is led by Supreme Court Justice Mary Beth Kelly and ex-state Rep. Lynn Jondahl. It includes more than 40 advocacy organizations, circuit courts and law enforcement groups.