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Marian S. Harris & Ada Skyles

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Chapter 7: Working with African American Children and Families in the Child Welfare System

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Working with African American Children and Families in the Child Welfare System
Working with African American children and families in the child welfare system
Marian S.HarrisUniversity of Washington, Tacoma
AdaSkylesUniversity of Chicago

The survival of African American families from slavery to contemporary times in this country has hinged upon their strength and resilience in coping with the multitude of problems emanating from the larger society. One of the most perplexing problems encountered by African American families today is the proliferation of African American children in the child welfare system. Race continues to be a very important factor in child welfare policy and practice today. “In a recent report on racial characteristics of children served by the child welfare system, African-American children comprised 40.5 percent of children in care, ...

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