Rural Cultural Competence
Cultural competence in rural communities requires an understanding of general rural culture and the many families of different racial and ethnic cultures that reside in rural areas. Find resources in this section to assist professionals in being more culturally competent in rural communities including State and local examples.
Guidelines for Cultural Competence in Rural Child Welfare
Belanger & Brooks (2009)
Provides a framework for assessment and training for rural cultural competence throughout the field.
Rural Diversity: A Training Asset
National CASA Association
Discusses the benefits of providing diversity training for court-appointed special advocates in rural communities.
Strengths and Challenges of Latino Families in Central Illinois (PDF - 272 KB)
Wiley, Raffaelli, Galarza, Tran, Rodriguez, & Lazarevic (2010)
University of Illinois, Department of Human and Community Development
Provides a general overview of life for immigrant families in central Illinois that can be used by service providers and policy makers working to promote the well-being of rural families.
State and Local Examples
Rural Response to Disproportionality in Child Protection: A Western Kentucky Response [Presentation Slides] (PDF - 1,024 KB)
Murray State University
Explores the disproportionate number of children of color in child protection, reasons for the overrepresentation, and the impact of disproportionality on African American children and on Caucasian children.
Cultural Safety and the Duty of Care
Child Welfare 81(5), 2002
Examines cultural safety in relation to the duty of care mandate assigned to child welfare workers when the State intervenes in family life.