ERIC Number: ED408399
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Children in Social Peril: A Community Vision for Preserving Family Care of African American Children and Youths. Report of the First African American Child Welfare Summit Convened by Black Administrators in Child Welfare, Inc. (St. Louis, Missouri, June 2-4, 1995).
Brissett-Chapman, Sheryl, Comp.; Issacs-Shockley, Mareasa, Comp.
The first African American Child Welfare Summit convened to discuss the phenomenon of the disproportionate rate of out-of-home placement of African American children and the implications for African American families and communities. Summit participants set several goals for themselves, including the development of a vision for reducing out-of-home placements and obtaining consensus on strategies tailored toward building and strengthening diverse alliances and coalitions to address the problem of placement. To guide the process, papers were commissioned on: (1) child protection risk assessment; (2) the relationship between education and the child welfare system; (3) an Afrocentric approach to child welfare; and (4) current system reform agendas. After hearing the commissioned papers, participants reached a consensus on the elements of the vision of the future African American community as a group of people with a shared vision and heritage. They then turned their attention to child welfare system issues and a new perspective on out-of-home placement. The group agreed that risk assessment plays a significant role in the increasing number of African American children in out-of-home care. The summit served as a catalyst and initiator of a self-reflective and self-development process for African American professionals seeking to decrease the rate of out-of-home placement of African American children and youths. Two appendixes list participants and trace the history of Black Administrators in Child Welfare, Inc. (Contains five references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Afrocentrism, Black Students, Child Welfare, Elementary Secondary Education, Family Environment, Foster Care, Residential Care, Student Placement
Child Welfare League of America, P.O. Box 7816, Edison, NJ 08818-7816; phone: 800-407-6273; fax: 908-417-0482 (Stock #685-1. $5.95).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.
Authoring Institution: Child Welfare League of America, Inc., Washington, DC.