"This is My Home": A Culturally Competent Model Program for African-American Children in the Foster Care System.
Harvey, Aminifu R.
Portland State University. Research and Training Center on Family Support and Children's Mental Health.
Fayetteville State University.
Published: Summer 2007
Vol. 21, No. 2 , p. 25-27
Research and Training Center on Family Support and Children's Mental Health
PO Box 751
Portland, OR 97207-0751
This article tells the story of the transformation of a foster home for African-American males from a "warehouse" for children awaiting permanent placement to a place of community and personal empowerment. By providing positive reinforcement, positive role models, and collective ceremony, the children improved their behavior, their performance in school, and their problem-solving skills. (Author abstract)
african americans; foster children; cultural competency; model programs