Cultural Competence in Services
Cultural issues are among the many factors that should be considered when developing or providing services to families. Resources include State and local examples.
- Domestic violence
- Mental health
- Substance abuse
- Family support and preservation
- Family-centered practice
Building Cultural Competence: A Systematic Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Culturally Sensitive Interventions With Ethnic Minority Youth
Children and Youth Services Review, 31(11), 2009
Analyzes the methodology of recent culturally sensitive interventions with ethnic minority youth in order to evaluate each intervention's ability to adhere to existing standards of evidence-based practice.
Child Welfare Approaches for Indigenous Communities: International Perspectives
Child Abuse Prevention Issues, 20, 2004
Reviews legislation and services delivered to indigenous communities in Canada, the United States, and New Zealand and describes a range of service models that focus on indigenous collaboration, community development, community participation, and community control.
Concepts in Creating Culturally Responsive Services for Supervised Visitation Centers (PDF - 2959 KB)
Helps supervised visitation centers and safe exchange programs funded by the Office of Violence Against Women examine how they serve culturally diverse populations. The report reviews priorities and presents insights on how to enrich service delivery to these populations.
Cultural Competency in Child Welfare Practice: A Bridge Worth Building
Bridging Refugee Youth and Children's Services (2007)
Discusses the cultural and linguistic barriers that can be experienced when child welfare workers interact with foreign-born parents and the unique needs of refugee and immigrant families. The publication highlights cultural competency standards and effective training programs for child welfare workers.
Cultural and Linguistic Competence Implementation Guide
Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health
Provides community examples, best practices, and information on tools and resources that can assist systems of care communities, partnering agencies, and organizations to build and promote cultural and linguistic competence.
Cultural Issues in Play Therapy
Gil & Drewes (2005)
Chapters written by authors from within each culture discuss the needs of African American, Hispanic, Native American, and Asian children. Includes resources for multicultural toys and games.
Culture and Parenting: A Guide for Delivering Parenting Curriculums to Diverse Families (PDF - 289 KB)
University of California Cooperative Extension (2006)
Designed to be a guide for practitioners to evaluate the cultural sensitivity of programs and services they offer to families, and to provide guidance on how to make your parenting program more culturally sensitive.
Expanding The Family Circle
University at Albany School of Social Welfare (2009)
Offers the curriculum, activities, trainer's manual, and participant workbook for a training that provides experienced caseworkers a framework for integrating a culturally competent family-centered approach into casework practice with all families engaged in child welfare services.
Delivers culturally relevant health education programming. The Video Library offers online access to videos that address topics such as infant to teen health, behavioral health, injury prevention, emergency preparation, and more.
Integrating Cultural Competency and Empirically-Based Practices in Child Welfare Services: A Model Based on Community Psychiatry Field Principles of Health
Bell, Wells, & Merritt
Children and Youth Services Review, 31(11), 2009
Presents a model of seven field principles of health promotion successfully used in mental health services and includes examples of the use of the model in various settings and evaluation projects.
Meeting the Needs of Immigrant Children and Youth in Child Welfare (PDF - 74 KB)
Children, Youth and Families Practice Update, 2010
Explains the challenges immigrant families face, including those involved in child welfare agencies, and presents practice strategies for the child welfare workers who assist them.
Measuring the Cultural Pulse of Service Providers (PDF - 304 KB)
Focal Point, 16(2), 2002
Study of systems of care communities regarding cultural competency.
National Center for Cultural Competence
Contains information in English and Spanish on providing culturally competent services to children and adolescents with special health care needs and their families.
Prevention and Intervention: Using Resiliency-Based Multi-Setting Approaches and a Process-Orientation
Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 22(1), 2005
Presents two intervention approaches, including one that is culturally based, to help children grow up in the face of multiple risks.
Research Review: Child and Family Support Services With Minority Ethnic Families: What Can We Learn From Research?
Child and Family Social Work, 10(2), 2005
Considers research on family support services for ethnic minority families, including an overview of what is known about family support services for particular minority ethnic groups and the qualities sought in social workers by ethnic minority parents.
State and local examples
Cultural Competence in Services to Children and Families (PDF - 178 KB)
Focal Point, 17(1), 2003
Steps being taken in New Hampshire to increase the level of cultural competence in a system of care.
A Strategic Plan to Increase the Flow of Minority, Bilingual and Culturally Competent Professional Social Workers Into California's Mental Health System (PDF - 719 KB)
The California Endowment (2007)
Presents findings from research initiatives conducted to formulate a strategy and recommendations for enhancing the recruitment and retention of minority and bilingual students enrolled in master of social work programs at California's 17 graduate schools of social work.
Working With Immigrant Children and Families: A Practice Model: Participant Guide (PDF - 3369 KB)
Georgia Division of Family and Children Services (2009)
Helps social services staff address cultural and language barriers, provide culturally competent practices and service delivery, and engage the community. Also see Trainer's Guide. (PDF - 1700 KB)