Child Welfare Staff Training
To provide culturally competent services to children and families from diverse backgrounds, child welfare personnel may require additional training about the role of culture in child welfare practice and about the different cultures they may encounter in their practice. Resources include State and local examples.
Introduction to Cultural Competence: A Training Tool
FRIENDS National Resource Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention
Explains strategies for assessing cultural competency and improving the ethnic and linguistic responsiveness of family support programs.
Enhancing Positive Outcomes in Transracial Adoptive Families
California Social Work Education Center (2004)
Provides current, relevant, and sensitive information about the experiences and challenges of transracial adoptive families with the goal of improving the quality of services and supports provided to these unique families.
Evidence-Based Practice in Child Welfare in the Context of Cultural Competence
University of Minnesota School of Social Work (2008)
Offers six online training modules addressing issues related to cultural competence, child welfare, and evidence-based practice.
Field Initiated Training Projects for Effective Child Welfare Practice With Hispanic Children and Families
Children's Bureau Discretionary Grant Cluster
Presents site visit reports from programs funded to support the development, implementation, and evaluation of innovative child welfare training projects that address the needs of Hispanic children and families.
Knowing Who You Are: Video
Casey Family Programs
Presents the perspectives of youth in care, child welfare professionals, and foster parents about why race and ethnicity matter and the importance of integrating racial and ethnic identity into child welfare practice.
Race Matters Toolkit
Annie E. Casey Foundation
Designed to help advocates mobilize resources for vulnerable populations of color in order to reduce racial disparities/disproportionality and promote racial equity.
State and local examples
Cultural Sensitivity Training for Community Service Providers Working With Hispanic Adoptive Families: A Prototype Curriculum for Development of Cultural Sensitivity Toward Hispanic Families
Adoption Exchange (2003)
Offers handouts and overheads to train adoption workers to improve practice with adoptive families within the Hispanic population of New Mexico.
Culturally Competent Practice With Latino Families (PDF - 588 KB)
Georgia Division of Family and Children's Services (2007)
Provides participants with an introduction to the basic concepts of culturally competent practice and specific skills and knowledge for culturally competent practice with Latino families.
Culture and Parenting: A Guide for Delivering Parenting Curriculums to Diverse Families (PDF - 289 KB)
University of California Cooperative Extension (2006)
Designed to help practitioners evaluate the cultural sensitivity of the programs and services they offer to families and to provide guidance on creating culturally sensitive parenting programs.
Multi-Ethnic Placement Act (MEPA)
Portland State University Child Welfare Partnership (2007)
Provides training materials for a course about MEPA for all child welfare staff who place children in substitute care, including foster care and adoptions, as well as their supervisors.
The Other Side of ICWA: A Cultural Journey to Fairness and Equity
Allen, Orrantia, Lidot, Okamura, White, Quinnett, & McDade (2008)
Provides training materials and activities for professionals working with Native American youth and communities that focuses on trust, relationship-building, the effects of historic and collective trauma on the Native American experience, and culturally-sensitive communication and needs assessment.