The journal articles listed below are widely viewed as excellent resources for better understanding African American children and families in general, as well as African American child welfare more specifically. These articles have been instrumental in defining the issue of African American child welfare, primarily from the perspective of African American child welfare professionals. This list is not exhaustive. We welcome your feedback, as well as any recommendations you may have for additional articles appropriate for this webpage.
(Please Note: The following journal articles are listed in alphabetical order, by the author's last name.)
McRoy, R. G., Oglesby, Z., & Grape, H. (1997). Achieving same-race adoptive placements for African American Children: Culturally sensitive practice approaches. Child Welfare, 76 (1), 85-104.
Gleeson, J.P. (1995). Kinship care and public child welfare: Challenges and opportunities for social work education. Journal of Social Work Education, 31, 182-193.
Lawrence-Webb, C. (1997). African American children in the modern child welfare system: A legacy of the Flemming Rule, Child Welfare, 76, 9-30.
Sudarkasa, N. (1981). Interpreting the African heritage in Afro-American family organization. In H.P. McAdoo (Ed.), Black families (pp. 37-53). Beverly Hills, CA: Sage.
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