African American Children and Families in Child Welfare: Cultural Adaptation of Services
By: Carla M. Curtis (author), Ramona W. Denby (author)Hardback
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This text proposes corrective action to improve the institutional care of African American children and their families, calling attention to the specific needs of this population and the historical, social, and political factors that have shaped its experience within the child welfare system. The authors critique policy and research and suggest culturally targeted program and policy responses for more positive outcomes.
Ramona W. Denby is professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Greenspun College of Urban Affairs, School of Social Work. Carla M. Curtis is associate professor at the Ohio State University College of Social Work.
PrefaceIntroduction1. Cultural Adaptation in Effective Child Welfare Practice with African AmericansA Cultural Adaptation FrameworkThe New Adaptation PerspectiveReforming Child Welfare Through Cultural AdaptationCultural Adaptation and PolicyCultural Adaptation and PracticeCultural Adaptation and ResearchSummary and ConclusionDiscussion QuestionsActivities for Ongoing LearningReferences2. Child Welfare in Perspective: Historical Factors Influencing African American Families and Policy FormulationSociopolitical FactorsThe Effect of Social and Political Factors on PolicyNational Child Welfare Reform MovementSummary and ConclusionDiscussion QuestionsActivities for Ongoing LearningReferences3. Child Welfare Policy and the African American FamilyChild Welfare Policy in ContextChild Welfare Policy FrameworkOverview of Major Child Welfare Policy LawsCultural Adaptations for African American Children in Child WelfareSummary and ConclusionDiscussion QuestionsActivities for Ongoing LearningReferencesA Case Study: Cultural Adaptation and Services-The Davis Family4. Safety and ProtectionChild Abuse and NeglectChild Welfare System ComponentsCultural Adaptations in Support Services for African American FamiliesSummary and ConclusionDiscussion QuestionsActivities for Ongoing LearningReferences5. Permanence for ChildrenDefining PermanenceValues Associated with PermanenceThe Continuum of Permanence OptionsPermanency OptionsSummary and ConclusionDiscussion QuestionsActivities for Ongoing LearningReferences6. Child and Parent Well-BeingHealth and Mental Health Disparities Affecting African American ChildrenBehavioral Health Care and the Foster Care SystemVulnerabilities Faced by African American ChildrenEducationCrime and Juvenile Justice InvolvementThe Well-Being of Parents and CaregiversPractice Considerations and Cultural Adaptations for Increasing Child and Family Well-BeingSummary and ConclusionDiscussion QuestionsActivities for Ongoing LearningReferencesA Case Study: Cultural Adaptations and Research Initiatives-From Kinship Research to Kinship Programming7. Cultural Adaptation and Research Evidence-Based PracticeDetermining Effective Interventions for African American Children and FamiliesAdvocacy ResearchPerformance-Based ResearchSummary and ConclusionDiscussion QuestionsActivities for Ongoing LearningReferences8. Meeting the Challenges to Bring About ChangeThe Importance of a Cultural Adaptation Perspective in Improving Child Welfare ConditionsThe Challenge to Social Work EducatorsThe Role of Social Work Education in Implementing Planned ChangeThe Challenge to Child Welfare Advocates and Policy PractitionersThe Challenge to Social Work PractitionersThe Challenge to Students of Social WorkReferencesGlossaryIndex
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