ERIC Number: ED464163
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Crossing the Divide: Asian American Families and the Child Welfare System.
Lee, Jessica; Lee, Larry
This monograph reviews factors that may unnecessarily plunge families into the child welfare system, noting barriers within the child welfare system itself that sometimes engulf Asian American families. Without adequate data on Asian Americans, understanding the issues and measuring trends are very difficult. Although small, the number of Asian American children touched by the child welfare system is not negligible. Asian immigrant families have many different cultural customs and norms, and they are often reluctant to seek services and unsure which of their traditional child rearing practices may be considered grounds for investigation in the United States. Rapid removal of children from families has the greatest potential to harm immigrant families, and cultural miscommunications can easily lead to rapid removal. Adequate interpretation should be a right for every non-English speaking immigrant. Placing Asian American children in kinship foster care homes should be the highest priority for the Administration for Children's Services (ACS). ACS rules and laws regarding immigrants' rights in child welfare are unclear. Recommendations include improve data collecting and reporting, address language barriers, educate the immigrant community, increase preventive services, and reform the family court. Three appendices define Asian Americans and cultural competency and present recent ACS reforms. (SM)
Descriptors: Asian Americans, Bilingualism, Child Welfare, Children, Cultural Differences, Family Problems, Foster Care, Immigrants, Public Policy
Coalition for Asian American Children and Families, 120 Wall Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10005. Tel: 212-809-4675; Fax: 212-344-5636; e-mail: email@example.com; Web site: http://www.cacf.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Open Society Inst., New York, NY.; Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.
Authoring Institution: Coalition for Asian American Children and Families, New York, NY.
Identifiers - Location: New York (New York)