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Cross-Cultural Issues in Foster Care
Foster parents frequently provide care for children whose race, ethnicity, or culture is different from their own. These differences present challenges to foster parenting. The following resources provide information on cross-cultural issues in out-of-home care, including parenting tips to enhance the child's development.
Briefing on the Multiethnic Placement Act: Minority Children in State Foster Care and Adoption
Child Welfare League of America (2007)
Explores the issue of minority children in foster care and examines the effectiveness of the Multiethnic Placement Act in facilitating permanency for minority children in State care.
Challenges of Transcultural Placements: Foster Parent Perspectives
Brown, Arnault, St. George, & Sintzel
Child Welfare, 88(3), 2009
Presents results from a study conducted in Canada that asked foster parents for the challenges in fostering children from different values, beliefs, and traditions. Areas for future research are included.
Exploring Spirituality Among Youth in Foster Care: Findings from the Casey Field Office Mental Health Study
Jackson, White, O'Brien, DiLorenzo, Cathcart, Wolf, et al.
Child and Family Social Work, 15(1), 2010
Examines spiritual coping mechanisms, beliefs about spirituality, and participation in spiritual activities and other positive activities among adolescents in foster care.
Mental Health, Ethnicity, Sexuality, and Spirituality Among Youth in Foster Care: Findings from the Casey Field Office Mental Health Study
White, Havalchak, Jackson, O'Brien, & Pecora
Casey Family Programs (2007)
Explores the areas of ethnic identity, gender identity, sexual orientation, and spirituality in youth receiving mental health services while receiving foster care services from Casey Family Programs.
|Supporting Your LGBTQ Youth: A Guide for Foster Parents|
|Series Title:||Factsheets for Families|
|Author(s):||Child Welfare Information Gateway
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|Year Published:||2013 - 11 pages|
|Provides information for foster parents to help them learn about LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning) youth in the child welfare system, the unique risks they face, and the important role that foster parents can play in reducing those risks. The factsheet outlines specific actions that foster parents can take to create a welcoming home for all youth in their care and to promote youths' health and well-being in the community. Also included are links to many resources for more information and support.|
Transracial Parenting in Foster Care and Adoption: Strengthening Your Bicultural Family (PDF - 510 KB)
Iowa Foster and Adoptive Parents Association (2008)
Provides a guidebook for Iowa parents to understand the importance of race and culture in their family. Parenting tips and resources are included to help build the foster or adoptive child's racial and cultural identity.