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ERIC Number: ED426827
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 47
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Service Delivery for Native American Children in Los Angeles County, 1996.
Champagne, Duane; Goldberg-Ambrose, Carole; Machamer, Amber; Phillips, Bethany; Evans, Tessa
A study explored the human services delivery system for American Indian children in Los Angeles County (California). Telephone interviews were conducted with 29 Indian organizations, 19 members of the American Indian community, and 14 government agencies that provide services for children. Topics discussed included Indian child welfare, education, substance abuse, child health care, child care centers, stereotypes and discrimination, and adult issues that directly affect children, such as legal services, employment issues, and elderly needs. The study concluded that the current arrangement of county and Indian organizations does not adequately serve the needs of the Los Angeles Indian community. Child care, education, and health care are especially critical needs among Indian children in the county. Educational issues that were mentioned frequently included lack of funding and staff for tutoring and student support services, culturally insensitive teachers and curriculum materials, low parent participation, and need for cultural education. Indians prefer receiving services at Indian organizations because of a lack of cultural sensitivity and understanding exhibited by nonIndian organizations. But Indian organizations are few, understaffed, overworked, and underfunded, and they must compete for funds with other Indian organizations and county agencies within an environment of declining federal, state, and county services. Twelve solutions are suggested, which can be implemented through a centralized, multiservice, culturally based delivery system, either through a central location with satellite offices, or a networking together of existing organizations. An alternative or enhanced education program for Indian children is needed to curb high dropout rates. (Contains 116 footnotes.) (TD)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California