Child Welfare Revisited: An Africentric Perspective / Edition 2

Child Welfare Revisited: An Africentric Perspective / Edition 2

by Joyce E. Everett
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813534631

ISBN-13: 9780813534633

Pub. Date: 09/28/2004

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

Why are there proportionally more African American children in foster care than white children? Why are white children often readily adoptable, while African American children are difficult to place? Are these imbalances an indication of institutional racism or merely a coincidence?

In this revised and expanded edition of the classic volume, Child Welfare,

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Overview

Why are there proportionally more African American children in foster care than white children? Why are white children often readily adoptable, while African American children are difficult to place? Are these imbalances an indication of institutional racism or merely a coincidence?

In this revised and expanded edition of the classic volume, Child Welfare, twenty-one educators call attention to racial disparities in the child welfare system by demonstrating how practices that are successful for white children are often not similarly successful for African American children. Moreover, contributors insist that policymakers and care providers look at African American family life and child-development from a culturally-based Africentric perspective. Such a perspective, the book argues, can serve as a catalyst for creativity and innovation in the formulation of policies and practices aimed at improving the welfare of African American children.

Child Welfare Revisited offers new chapters on the role of institutional racism and economics on child welfare; the effects of substance abuse, homelessness, HIV/AIDS, and domestic violence; and the internal strengths and challenges that are typical of African American families. Bringing together timely new developments and information, this book will continue to be essential reading for all child welfare policymakers and practitioners.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813534633
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
09/28/2004
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
312
Sales rank:
648,803
Product dimensions:
6.08(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.82(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
1The demography of African American families and children at the end of the twentieth century15
2Institutional racism in child welfare57
3The impact of child welfare policies on African American families : a decade later77
4Informing the future of child welfare practices with African American families93
5African American families in context : internal and external phenomena124
6Child-rearing practices in African American families145
7Best practices in kinship care for African American mothers and their children156
8Unwed African American fathers' participation in child welfare permanency planning : caseworkers' perspectives169
9Substance abuse, homelessness, HIV/AIDS, and African American children197
10An Africentric paradigm for child welfare practice214
11Family preservation and neighborhood-based services : an Africentric perspective225
12A culturally competent system of care for addressing mental health disparities in child welfare242
13African American adoptions256
Conclusion : still within our power275

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