Child welfare revisited : an Africentric perspective.
Everett, Joyce E. (Editor) Chipungu, Sandra P. (Editor) Leashore, Bogart R. (Editor)
Smith College. School of Social Work.
xi, 294 p.
Publication Information: Piscataway, NJ : Rutgers University Press.
Rutgers University Press
116 S. Boundary Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27514-3808
This book uses an Africentric perspective to examine child welfare policies and practices. It discusses the societal, cultural, and policy context in which African American families and their children function, the social problems they confront, and innovative practice strategies for delivering child welfare services. The first part of the book describes the demography of African American families and children, institutional racism in child welfare, and the impact of child welfare policies on African American families. The following part focuses on understanding African American families and children and includes chapters that describe an ecological Africentric model for working with African American families, internal and external challenges affecting the roles assumed by African American family members and their impact on their ability to parent healthy children, child rearing practices in African American families, best practices in kinship care for African American mothers and their children, and unwed African American fathers' participation in child welfare permanency planning. The final part explains how an Africentric perspective can be employed for child welfare practice and service delivery. Chapters in this section discuss: the interrelationship between substance abuse, homelessness, HIV/AIDS, and child welfare; a family group decision making model developed in New Zealand and adapted in communities in the United States and elsewhere; family preservation and neighborhood-based services; a culturally competent system of care for addressing mental health disparities in child welfare; and African American adoptions. 22 figures and 5 tables. Numerous references.
child welfare; African Americans; promising practices; cultural competency; adoption