Adoption and Foster Care of American Indian Children: Closing the Cultural Divide.
Published: September/October 2005
Social Work Today
Vol. 5, No. 5 , p. 30
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This article highlights the efforts of the Rural Expansion of Adoptive Communities and Homes (REACH) Project to establish permanent homes for American Indian children in need without taking them away from their culture, their community, and their families. The program facilitates preadoption and postadoption services to adoptive families in rural communities in Minnesota, North Dakota, and Wisconsin. Its overarching goal is to connect families willing to adopt to children with special needs, including American Indians. Cultural differences in American Indian families and efforts by REACH to help communities adopt and adapt legal yet culturally appropriate alternatives to traditional formal adoption are discussed, as well as the role of social workers and the unique cultural sensitivity of American Indian social workers.
native americans; adoption; foster care; rural families; cultural competency