Intersecting Child Welfare, Substance Abuse, and Family Violence : Culturally Competent Approaches.
Fong, Rowena. Hendricks, Carmen Ortiz. McRoy, Ruth G.
xxiv, 405 p.
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Developed from a 2001 task force meeting that examined the intersection of child welfare, substance abuse, and family violence, this text explores the relationship between these variables in the context of culturally competent social work practice. Part 1 begins with a review of the literature on substance abuse and family violence, as well as the impact on the criminal justice system. The overrepresentation of children of color in child maltreatment reports is noted, as well as the variations in patterns of substance use and dependence in different ethnic groups. Chapter 2 provides statistics on substance abuse and domestic violence, and strategies for providing culturally competent services. Chapters 3 and 4 consider the connectedness of cultures and the importance of understanding the center, and provide an overview of the impact of substance abuse and domestic violence experiences on youngsters involved in the child welfare system. Recommendations are made for service collaboration and cross agency training. The following four parts explore how the intersection of child welfare, substance abuse, and family violence are manifested in different ethnic communities, including African Americans, Latinos, First Nations People, and Asians and Pacific Islanders. Chapters for each ethnic group address: the sociodemographics of the ethnic group; the history of the issues in children welfare, substance abuse, and family violence; the problems encountered; and recommendations for future directions in practice, policy, and research for each of the ethnic groups. The final part summarizes the concerns of the ethnic groups in reference to problems in the areas of child welfare, substance abuse, and family violence. Recommendations for creating culturally competent services in child welfare are discussed. 4 tables and numerous references.
child welfare; cultural competency; family violence; substance abuse; social work; minority groups