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Working With African-American Families
Issues relevant to working with African-American families, including State and local examples.
African American Family Life: Ecological and Cultural Diversity
McLoyd, Hill, & Dodge (2005)
Perspectives on the cultural, economic, and community contexts of African-American family life.
African American Fathers and Their Involvement in the Child Welfare System
In Child Welfare for the Twenty-First Century: A Handbook of Practices, Policies, and Programs
Explores the involvement of African-American fathers with their children in the child welfare system.
Assessing Behavioral and Emotional Strengths in Black Children: A Measure Designed by and for Blacks (PDF - 196 KB)
Lambert & Rowan
Focal Point, 17(1), 2003
Describes the development of the Behavior Assessment for Children of African Heritage (BACAH), a strengths-based instrument.
Implementing Culturally Competent Research Practices: Identifying Strengths of African-American Communities, Families, and Children (PDF - 377 KB)
Briscoe, Smith, & McClain
Focal Point, 17(1), 2003
Methods and results of two research projects aimed at identifying strengths in African-American families and communities.
Recruiting and Retaining Older African American and Hispanic Boys in After-School Programs (PDF - 352 KB)
Presents strategies that may be effective for recruiting and retaining older minority boys in after-school programs. A literature review is included.
What Works for African American Children and Adolescents: Lessons from Experimental Evaluations of Programs and Interventions (PDF - 301 KB)
Bandy & Moore
Child Trends Fact Sheet, 2011
Identifies programs that do and do not work and intervention strategies that contribute to program success.
State and local examples
Equity: Moving Toward Better Outcomes for all of Michigan's Children (PDF - 1519 KB)
FRIENDS National Resource Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention (2006)
Discusses the overrepresentation of children of color in the child welfare system in Michigan and presents recommendations for addressing this issue.
The Role of the Caseworker in Identifying, Developing and Supporting Strengths in African American Families Involved in Child Protective Services: A Practice Guide (PDF - 618 KB)
Helps Minnesota child protective services caseworkers identify strengths in African American families and build upon them.
Working With the African American Father: The Forgotten Parent
California Social Work Education Center (2009)
Includes objectives, agenda, and trainer and trainee materials to develop professional practice working with African-American fathers and address systemic biases.