Facing the Rising Sun: Perspectives on African American Family and Child Well-Being.
Miller, Oronde A.
Published: September 2010
The Institute for Family and Child Well-Being
P.O. Box 2374
Bowie, MD 20718
Written by an African American adult who was adopted as a child and is currently a child welfare professional, this book is a collection of essays that explore the meaning and significance of the African American child welfare experiences and offer a framework through which the human services system in the United States can become more humane in its approaches, and more responsive to families and communities. Essays address: the need for activist child welfare professionals, the importance of permanency and affirming every child's existence in this world, the lessons of Martin Luther King, Jr., affirming every child's existence, kinship care, African American mothers, African American fathers, redefining the mission of child welfare systems, Stephen Biko and the South African Black consciousness movement, child fatalities, and moving toward a healing vision for child welfare practice. The book closes with a review of the data on African American children in the child welfare system in fiscal year 2009 and a description of the mission and conceptual framework of the Institute for Family and Child Well-Being.
child welfare reform; child advocacy; African Americans; Racial disproportionality; Cultural competency; Father child relationships; Mother child relationships; family characteristics