Inua Ubuntu: A Community Response to Disproportionality Rates of African American Male Children in Child Welfare.
Beauty is in the Details: A Global View of Persons of Color: 2010 Monograph Series.
Sturdivant, Marcia M.
NAAAS and Affiliates Conference (18th : 2010 : Baton Rouge, La.)
Allegheny County (Pa.). Department of Human Services.
National Association of African American Studies ( NAAAS ) and Affiliates
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This monograph describes Inua Ubuntu ("To lift up: I am, because we are"), a project aimed at reducing disproportionality rates for African American male children served in Allegheny County's Department of Human Services, Office of Children , Youth, and Families ACCYF in Pennsylvania. The operating premise of Inua Ubuntu is that African American children and families are better served when assessed, counseled, and treated by people who look like them, live in their communities, and understand the unique cultural needs of African American male children. The goal of Inua Ubuntu is to provide culturally-based intervention and child protective services aimed at keeping African American male children safely in their own homes with their families and to reduce the rate of African American males requiring out of home placement. Facts about the child welfare system in the United States are shared and then information is provided on the need for the project, components of the project, pre-program strategies, and system diversion strategies. Preliminary results from the project are reported and indicate African American boys are being diversity from child welfare entry, along with their siblings, clients have higher levels of satisfaction with services, and communities have an improved capacity to empower families toward self-sufficiency and wellness. 50 references.
racial disproportionality; african americans; cultural competency; pennsylvania