ERIC Number: ED228354
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
The Minority Foster Child: A Comparative Study of Hispanic, Black and White Children. Monograph No. 9.
Gurak, Douglas T.; And Others
This monograph compares foster care systems of New York City and the southern region of New Jersey, focusing on each system's impact on the foster care experiences of Black, Hispanic, and White Children. Recognizing that minority children move through foster care systems at a slower pace than do White children, the report first attempts to determine what factors influence the rate with which children move through the system and either return home or find a permanent adoptive family. Second, an effort is made to identify those factors that are malleable from a policy perspective. Following a general discussion of the history and current magnitude of foster care, the position is advanced that poor overall progress in the goal of permanent homes for foster children and ethnic differentials affecting that goal result from the disorganized and ad hoc character of foster care in the nation at large. Subsequent chapters describe the system as it operates in New York City and contrasts it with a multilevel reorganized demonstration project in southern New Jersey. Innovations in the New Jersey system are described and their impact on the goal of permanency and on ethnic differentials in outcomes are assessed. In the report's final chapter, structural reasons that account for the poorer outcomes and greater ethnic discrepancies in the New York system are summarized and a number of specific policy changes are recommended. (GC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHHS), Rockville, MD. Center for Minority Group Mental Health Program.
Authoring Institution: Fordham Univ., Bronx, NY. Hispanic Research Center.
Identifiers: New Jersey; New York (New York)