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Cultural Competence in Family Support and Preservation Services
The following resources discuss how to provide culturally competent family support and preservation services, including State and local examples.
Bridging the Cultural Divide: Building a Continuum of Support Services for Latino Families (PDF - 1,649 KB)
Committee for Hispanic Children and Families (2007)
Examines the needs of Latino families, the current gaps in the continuum of child welfare services, and glaring funding inequities while offering six cornerstone recommendations to address these urgent problems.
Cultural and Linguistic Competence in Family Supports (PDF - 280 KB)
National Center for Cultural Competence (2006)
Discusses the cultural factors that may impact the resources, services, and other assistance provided to families of children with special health care needs and the policy implications of promoting and sustaining cultural and linguistic competence in the provision of family supports.
Providing Culturally Relevant Services: Programs in the Hispanic Healthy Marriage Initiative Implementation Evaluation (PDF - 432 KB)
Administration for Children and Families & Hispanic Healthy Marriage Initiative (2010)
Explores programs that are being funded through the Federal Hispanic Healthy Marriage Initiative, an initiative designed to address the unique cultural, linguistic, demographic, and socioeconomic needs of Hispanic children and families in the United States.
Reference Guide for Native American Family Preservation Programs (PDF - 4,782 KB)
National Healthy Marriage Resource Center (2010)
Offers family preservation program providers a reference guide with resources, strategies, and lessons learned related to predominant topics of focus for family preservation programs specific to serving Native American populations, as well as more generalized resources.
Supporting Refugee Families: Adapting Family Strengthening Programs That Build on Assets (PDF - 93 KB)
Bridging Refugee Youth and Children's Services (2010)
Explores how service providers in the United States can build on refugees' family and community strengths while also helping ease their transition into a different cultural context in which to raise their children.
Supportive Families, Healthy Children: Helping Families With Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Children (PDF - 1,311 KB)
San Francisco State University, Family Acceptance Project
Offers information to help strengthen families and foster families with gay and transgender children and adolescents and to help them provide support to their gay or transgender child and decrease their child's risk for serious health and mental health problems in adulthood.
Tribal Marital Systems Research Brief (PDF - 677 KB)
National Healthy Marriage Resource Center
Offers an overview of the health and socioeconomic status of Native Americans, describes varying definitions of family across Tribes, and discusses various aspects of historical trauma and how this trauma has affected the overall well-being of most Tribes and their family systems.
State and local examples
Home Visiting Services for Young Latino Families: Challenges and Choices (PDF - 373 KB)
King County Children and Family Commission (2010)
Presents results from a research effort in King County, Washington, that examines the needs of the growing population of young Latino families and considers the effectiveness of home visiting services for these families.
Working With Clients Who Are Immigrants: A Guide for Connecticut Department of Children and Families' Social Workers (PDF - 615 KB)
Provides guiding principles and policy information to assist Connecticut social workers in understanding the policies of the State and best practices when providing services to clients who are immigrants.