African American Children and Families in Child Welfare: Cultural Adaptation of Services.
Denby, Ramona W. Curtis, Carla M.
xvi, 245 p.
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This book discusses child welfare service delivery to African American children and families that is based on cultural adaptation of the existing system of care. The text begins with an examination of the child welfare system in the United States relative to African American children and families. Then using a cultural adaptation framework, strategies are suggested for more responsive interventions and policy reforms based on African American cultural tenets. Chapter 2 discusses major historical, cultural, and political influences that shape both the conditions for African American families today and the child welfare system of care as it has evolved over time. Chapter 3 provides a comprehensive list of the primary laws that inform the child welfare out-of-home care system in the United States. Cultural adaptations to existing policies and the creation of new approaches to child welfare policy aimed at improving overall effectiveness and strengthening service delivery are proposed. Chapters 4 and 5 explore core statutory-mandated services relating to child protection and permanency planning and policy implications of concurrent planning for African American families. Chapter 6 addresses child well-being and considers the effect of the social environment on family life, and Chapter 7 articulates the critical importance of social science research to inform effective practice. A specific research agenda as it pertains to African American children is proposed. The final chapter discusses opportunities for meaningful change and proposes strategies for promoting the interest and well-being of African American children in the child welfare system while also improving the system of care for all children. Numerous references.
child welfare services; child welfare agencies; cultural competency; African Americans; Service delivery; Racial disproportionality; child protection; permanency