ERIC Number: ED339784
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Parental Drug Abuse and African American Children in Foster Care: Issues and Study Findings.
Walker, Clarice; And Others
A study used data on African American children in foster care collected by the National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI) to compare whether there are differences in the characteristics, needs, services, and outcomes for children depending on whether or not parental drug abuse was a contributing factor in their foster care placements. The study profiled 1,003 African American children who entered foster care in five cities during 1986. Major findings include the following: (1) child welfare agencies are not achieving permanency for most children, particularly for those from homes with parental drug abuse; (2) services to address the problems contributing to placement in foster care were either unavailable or insufficiently brokered or coordinated with other organizations; (3) relative placements were often available and represent a significant resource; and (4) families with parental drug abuse were more likely to have mothers with less education, to be poorly housed, and to receive Aid to Families with Dependant Children prior to placement. Statistical data are included in 22 tables and 1 bar graph. Appendices present variables used in the comparison of drug and non-drug abuse cases, and a summary of statistically significant comparisons between foster care cases with and without drug abuse as a contribution factor in placement. Also included are 29 references and a list of NBCDI publications. (JB)
Descriptors: Black Family, Black Youth, Client Characteristics (Human Services), Drug Abuse, Family Characteristics, Family Problems, Foster Care, Foster Children, Parent Background, Social Problems, Urban Problems
National Black Child Development Institute, 1463 Rhode Island Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20005 ($10.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Policymakers
Sponsor: Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Black Child Development Inst., Inc., Washington, DC.