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Cultural Competence: Religious Issues
Issues relevant to working with families from different religious backgrounds.
Caring for Muslim Minors: Guidelines for Non-Muslim Families: Question and Answer Fact Sheet (PDF - 80 KB)
Bridging Refugee Youth & Children's Services (2002)
Explains the circumstances of Muslim refugee children and reviews Muslim beliefs.
Considering Religion and Beliefs in Child Protection and Safeguarding Work: Is Any Consensus Emerging
Child Abuse Review, 18(2), 2009
Discusses religion and issues it presents in child welfare cases for parents, youth, and caseworkers by analyzing data from questionnaires completed by professionals.
Create Change for Children Today: Bring Hope and a Better Tomorrow (PDF - 1946 KB)
Children's Defense Fund (2009)
Provides faith-based communities with a guide manual and resources to use in worship services or prayers, education programs, direct service activities, and social justice initiatives to engage in year-round child and family advocacy work and celebrating the National Observance of Children's Sabbaths Weekend.
Cultural Awareness Guide for Children From Eldorado (PDF - 97 KB)
Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (2008)
Provides information on pre- and post-placement services and support provided by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services to children from the Fundamentalist Latter-Day Saints (FLDS) Church. A glossary of terms that the followers may use is provided.
Exploring Spirituality Among Youth in Foster Care: Findings from the Casey Field Office Mental Health Study
Jackson, White, O'Brien, DiLorenzo, Cathcart, Wolf, Bruskas, Pecora, Nix-Early, & Cabrera
Child and Family Social Work, 15(1), 2010
Explores a study that examined spiritual coping mechanisms, beliefs about spirituality and participation in spiritual activities and in other positive activities among adolescents in foster care and provides recommendations for policy and practice focus on the integration of services provided.
The Faith Community and Foster Care Adoption (PDF - 281 KB)
National Adoption Day (2012)
Describes some of the many ways the faith-community can get involved in foster care adoption.
Kinship and Spirituality: Utilizing Strengths of Caregivers
Lawrence-Webb & Okundaye
Journal of Health and Social Policy, 22(3/4), 2007
Discusses historical and social aspects regarding the role of spirituality and religion within the African-American community, and presents spiritual and religious clinical tools, techniques, and concepts for intervening with kinship caregivers.
The Role of Faith in Adoption: Achieving Positive Adoption Outcomes for African American Children
Belanger, Copeland, & Cheung
Child Welfare, 87(2), 2008
Reviews research addressing cognitive and religious coping theories to examine the influence of faith on choosing to adopt, achieving positive adoption outcomes, and reducing disproportionality.
The Role of State Faith Community Liaisons in Charitable Choice Implementation: Practice Models From the States
Winston & Person (2009)
Uses case studies to describe the role faith community liaisons (FCL) play in facilitating partnerships among State or local governments and faith-based and community organizations, and to highlight model practices FCLs undertook to further the goals of Charitable Choice at the Federal and State levels. (PDF - 257 KB)
Sharing Family Strengths Activity Booklet (PDF - 1813 KB)
Minnesota Family and Children's Service (2008)
Provides an activity booklet that describes strategies for strengthening families to identify and discuss the nine family strengths including activities and worksheets for families.