The number of children of color entering the child welfare system
in the United States is disproportionately high. This is especially
true among African-American children, who, though they comprise 15%
of children in the U.S., account for 37% of the total children
placed in foster care. The numbers are also high for Native
American and Latino children. Not only are children of color
removed from parental custody and placed in care more often than
their white counterparts, but they also remain in care longer,
receive fewer services, and have less contact with the caseworkers
assigned to them. This book identifies the practice and policy
changes required to successfully address the unequal treatment of
children of color in the child welfare system and their
implications for social work education, caseworker training, and
institutional change. The work critiques many of the existing
social welfare acts and policies in terms of their treatment of
children of color, and it provides best practices for each decision
point in the child welfare process and for cultural competency
measures and training. The text offers extensive measurement
instruments that agencies can use to assess and correct
institutional racism. To improve social work education, the book
includes several model syllabi for the social work curriculum, and
to deepen the disciplineOCOs engagement with this issue, the text
concludes with a discussion of future directions for research and
Columbia University Press
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Marian S Harris
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