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McNair Scholar 2013Natisha Alicea

Naima Farah is a senior at the University of Minnesota, majoring in Family Social Science with minors in Youth Studies and Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology (CSPP). Her interests include the accessibility of enrichment programs for underrepresented youth and educational counseling. She plans to pursue a doctoral degree in Educational Policy and Administration.

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My dream is to attain a master in Counseling Psychology (M.A.) and a doctoral degree in Educational Policy and Administration. I want to open a nonprofit organization to end educational disparities affecting underrepresented communities. I am interested increasing the accessibility and availability of out-of-school enrichment programs

Research project

If I Get Them, How Will I Financially Support Them: Challenges for Kinship Caregivers

Abstract: Social policies that guide kinship care exert a powerful force on the personal lives of children, who are in need of out-of-home placement and the relatives who care for them. Given that knowledge is power, the lack of knowledge about existing services mandated by policies result in disempowering relative caregivers. This qualitative study explores barriers encountered by relative caregivers with two policy mandates: placement preference and financial assistance. In-depth, semi-structured, individual telephone interviews with 10 female caregivers who were caring for a total of (N=19) children revealed a host of barriers encountered with family members and the public child welfare system. Barriers with placement preference included the removal of children. Barriers encountered with financial assistance were: lengthy and stressful application process and less information available to caregivers. Download poster. [PDF]

Faculty profile

Priscilla Gibson is an Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the School of Social Work. She teaches direct practice and cultural diversity courses. Her international work includes teaching study abroad courses in Ghana and working with Casa Mare, collaboration with the Free International University Of Moldova, Chisinau, Moldova. Dr. Gibson conducts research on African American grandmothers and other relatives in kinship caregiving arrangements. She also explores out-of-school suspensions with families and professionals and mentoring of university faculty. Dr. Gibson earned a doctoral degree from the University of Denver and a Masters of Social Work from Tulane University