ERIC Number: ED139874
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Mar-1
Reference Count: 0
Identification of Ethnic Issues in Child Welfare: A Review of the Literature.
Jenkins, Shirley; Morrison, Barbara
The delivery of services to children of minority groups is hampered by the lack of recognition of ethnic factors. Although often overlooked, ethnicity is a key component in all phases of child welfare, including provision of homemakers, foster family care, institutional placements, and adoption. The study reported here is exploratory research with several preliminary goals. These are: to identify the major issues of concern to members of ethnic minority groups with regard to service delivery; to review proposals which move in the direction of a multi-ethnic service system; to develop a typology defining commonalities in needs among ethnic groups; and, to propose standards for service delivery where factors of ethnicity are involved. The study is concerned with children of five minority groups: American Indians, Asian Americans, Blacks, Mexican Americans and Puerto Ricans. As a first phase of the research, the literature of the past ten years in professional journals, books, and unpublished papers was reviewed. Part one of this paper refers to the four major concerns discussed in the literature, with a section on each. These are: elimination of myths; lack of recognition of cultural differences, lack of appreciation of bilingualism; and, threat to group survival. Part two comprises three sections on proposals for change, including re-education and retraining, programming for cultural content, and changes in the direction of a multiethnic service system. (Author/JM)
Descriptors: Administrative Change, Administrative Problems, Administrator Attitudes, Bilingualism, Child Welfare, Cultural Differences, Cultural Influences, Delivery Systems, Ethnic Groups, Ethnic Stereotypes, Ethnicity, Human Services, Minority Group Children, Organizational Change, Social Attitudes, Welfare Services
Publication Type: Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Children's Bureau (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Columbia Univ., New York, NY. School of Social Work.
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