The Handbook For Working With Children & Youth: Pathways To Resilience Across Cultures and Contexts examines lives lived well despite adversity. Calling upon some of the most progressive thinkers in the field, it presents a groundbreaking collection of original writing on the theories, methods of study, and interventions to promote resilience. Unlike other works that have left largely unquestioned their own culture-bound interpretations of the ways children and youth survive and thrive, this volume explores the multiple paths children follow to health and well-being in diverse national and international settings. It demonstrates the connection between social and political health resources and addresses the more immediate concerns of how those who care for children create the physical, emotional, and spiritual environments in which resilience is nurtured.
Chapter 7: Community-Based Child Welfare for Aboriginal Children: Supporting Resilience Through Structural Change
Community-Based Child Welfare for Aboriginal Children: Supporting Resilience Through Structural Change
“Help Me,” wrote Richard Cardinal in I I his own blood while the 17-year-old A.A. Metis boy committed suicide after spending 13 years moving in and out of 28 foster homes, group homes, and shelters in Alberta (Obomsawin, 1986). Although Cardinal's death drew attention to the significant overrepresentation of Aboriginal1 children in state care, 20 years later, the problem has become far more serious, with Aboriginal children representing approximately 40% of the 76,000 children and youth placed in out-of-home care in Canada (Farris-Manning & Zandstra, 2003). Although there is a lack of information on placement trends for Aboriginal children off-reserve due to variances in ...