Child Welfare

Child Welfare is a professional trade journal published bimonthly by the Child Welfare League of America, Inc., Arlington, Va. Founded in 1921, the journal provides policy, practice, and program information to professionals who work in the child welfare industry.

Articles from Vol. 76, No. 1, January/February

Achieving Same-Race Adoptive Placements for African American Children: Culturally Sensitive Practice Approaches
A disproportionately large number of African American children are entering the public child welfare system, and many are in need of planning for adoptive placement. Although agencies specializing in adoption of minority children have been extremely...
African American Children in the Modern Child Welfare System: A Legacy of the Flemming Rule
Children of color throughout America-and especially those who are African American-are disproportionately represented in the child welfare system. This article links this current child welfare condition to the most significant but little known ruling...
African American Families and HIV/AIDS: Caring for Surviving Children
This article presents the preliminary findings of a national project undertaken to examine the medical/ health, social service, and legal needs of African American children who have experienced or will experience the death of one or both parents as a...
African American Female Adolescent Identity Development: A Three-Dimensional Perspective
African American female adolescents have unique identity issues that structure developmental tasks. Qualitative data from a longitudinal research project are used to explicate a three-dimensional model of the identity developmental process in early-age...
An Afrocentric Program for African American Males in the Juvenile Justice System
Though the juvenile justice system provides an array of interventions, culturally relevant programs are necessary to deal with the myriad social problems, including an escalating crime rate, facing high-risk African American adolescent males. This article...
An Out-of-Home Care System in Crisis: Implications for African American Children in Child Welfare System
An out-of-home care system that is itself in crisis lacks adequate resources to provide the services needed by families and children in distress. Increasingly, these families are composed of people of color, particularly African Americans. Using current...
A Rite of Passage Approach Designed to Preserve the Families of Substance-Abusing African American Women
This article approaches the treatment of addicted African American women in ways drawn from traditional African culture. While the modern African American woman is clearly not the same as her continental African foremother, the reality of her life is...
Child Protection Risk Assessment and African American Children: Cultural Ramifications for Families and Communities
Child welfare practitioners are increasingly employing formal and structured risk assessment processes to predict child vulnerability or to improve case decision making. In general, research has neither proved conclusively which set of risk factors are...
Cultural Competence in Child Welfare: What Is It? How Do We Achieve It? What Happens without It?
The overrepresentation of minority children in the child welfare system is well-documented. Providing culturally relevant and effective medical and psychosocial services in the field, while an enduring goal, still remains elusive. This article asserts...
Family Preservation and Support Services: A Missed Opportunity for Kinship Care
This article discusses the historical significance of kinship care in preserving the African American family, the development of kinship care and family preservation programs, and the importance of the natural relationship between kinship care and family...
Introduction
This special edition of Child Welfare, "Perspectives on Serving African American Children, Youths, and Families," brings together articles by African American authors who are committed to research, policies, and programs affecting African American families...
"Of Mind, Body, and Spirit": Therapeutic Foster Care-An Innovative Approach to Healing from an NTU Perspective
This article examines Progressive Life Center's (PLC) innovative Therapeutic Foster Care (TFC) program, and its incorporation of a unique clinical approach, NTU (pronounced in-to) psychotherapy, into its program model. PLC is an African American private...
Same-Race Practice: Do We Expect Too Much or Too Little?
To add to same-race practice knowledge, this article explores practitioners' perceptions, expectations, and service recommendations for troubled youths age 12 and age 16 along racial, gender, and age dimensions. A random sample of African American members...
Why African American Adoption Agencies Succeed: A New Perspective on Self-Help
This article traces the history of self-help in the African American community, with emphasis on services and programs for children. The traditions of self-help are very much alive in the African American community, and are manifest in a range of activities....
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