Child Welfare & Cultural Diversity
Resources on Child Welfare & Cultural Diversity
The Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare (CASCW) holds as one of its guiding values the idea that effective child welfare training, education, policy and evaluation is multidisciplinary, multicultural and collaborative in nature.
Multicultural in this sense means not only the great diversity among cultures in our society but also the differences within many cultural groups. Those who work, study, and develop policy in child welfare must understand the experiences of diverse groups in child welfare and have access to helpful information about cultural diversity and racial disparities. They need tools to help them develop cultural sensitivity and/or cultural competence.
The links in the Resources column above the photo lead to pages with information on cultural diversity and child welfare in specific communities. The links below lead to more general resources on diverse communities, disparities, and child welfare.
General or Multi-Cultural Resources
- Cultural Competence in Working with Children & Famillies from the Child Welfare Information Gateway
- Building a Culturally Competent Agency from the Child Welfare Information Gateway
- Minnesota Child Welfare Disparities Report 2010 from MN DHS
- DHS Priority: Reducing Disparities 2010 from MN DHS Child & Family Services
- Cultural Competence from the Child Welfare Information Gateway
- Minnesota's Child Welfare Report 2008
- NASW Standards for Cultural Competence in Social Work Practice (2001)
- Courts Catalyzing Change: Achieving Equity and Fairness in Foster Care from the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (2010)
- Minnesota Compass' Overview of Disparities in Minnesota
- CURA's Directory of Nonprofit Organizations of Color in Minnesota
- MN DHS Directory of Minnesota Organizations Serving Diverse Populations
- University of Minnesota Law School's Institute on Race & Poverty
- US Census Bureau Fact Sheet for Minnesota
- State of MN Office of Ombudsperson for Families: 2005-2007 Report
- Unequal Opportunity within the Child Welfare System from the Annie E. Casey Foundation
- Race Matters Consortium
- CWLA's Children of Color in the Child Welfare System (2003)