Document Category: Cultural Responsiveness

Parenting in Racially and Culturally Diverse Adoptive Families

This fact sheet provides information to help families support their child in developing a healthy racial and cultural identity and live a vibrant multicultural life. It discusses the importance of examining thoughts and biases and preparing a child to live in a society where race has a major impact on individual lives.

Maintaining Cultural Connections

Identity is one of the seven lifelong core issues in adoption. Connecting with cultural roots is crucial for a child’s identity development. Children adopted from other countries may find it difficult to form a healthy sense of self without immersion in the culture of their birth country. It is important that parents take the time …

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Preparing Families for Racially and Culturally Diverse Adoptions

Some families need additional information and support to help them raise children from a different racial or cultural background. These families may face unique challenges as children, youth, and young adults develop their own identity. This web page offers resources for professionals preparing families who are in the process of or are considering adopting children …

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Reflecting on Racial Equity and Inclusion

These short (one minute or less) videos provide reflection questions and link to a racial equity and inclusion resource. We hope you will use them to reflect on your racial equity efforts and share them with your colleagues and friends.

Racism as Trauma: NCWWI 1-page Summary

This document examines results from a study exploring the experiences of 13 Indigenous child protection practitioners in Queensland, Australia, working in the statutory child protection system and focuses on participants’ experiences of racism as a potential source of traumatic stress.

Intersectionality in Child Welfare Infographic

This infographic describes intersectionality in child welfare, why racial equity is not enough, and how to improve the system for workers, children, and families through examination of policies and practices and the application of an intersectional framework.

Cultural Responsiveness

Resources to help workers, agencies, and systems better understand and enhance their cultural competence. Includes information on working with children, youth, and families; disproportional representation of minority groups in the child welfare system; culturally competent services; training for child welfare staff; and the specific role of cultural competence in child maltreatment, out-of-home care, and adoption.

Diverse Populations and Communities

Child welfare professionals across the country work with children, youth, and families from varied backgrounds and communities with their own unique strengths, needs, and challenges. Resources in this section provide information about and skills for working with diverse populations to help child welfare professionals engage families, make appropriate case decisions, improve outcomes, and serve the …

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