Collaborative and Empowering Practices with African American Families in Child Welfare.
Barber, Asha. Jager, Kathleen.
Michigan State University.
Published: Winter 2007-2008
Michigan Child Welfare Law Journal
Vol. 11, No. 2 , p. 3-10
Chance at Childhood Program
610 Abbott Road
East Lansing, MI 48823
African-American children are disproportionally represented in their rate of entry, duration, and exit from the child welfare system. Understanding how the complexities of child maltreatment, mental health, and trauma inherently intersect with race and class experiences for African-American families in the child welfare system is a necessary component of comprehensive services. To adequately address the needs of black families and children, child welfare professionals must begin to understand and acknowledge how cultural values and experiences shape and structure interactions and inform parenting. This article addresses the role that culture plays in devising and implementing a family-centered treatment plan that meets the individualized needs of black families. In addition, practice implications, including the use of familybased services, are explored as a means of working collaboratively with African American families. (Author abstract)
african americans; child welfare services; collaboration; family engagement; cultural competency; family centered services