Changing Course: Improving Outcomes for African American Males Involved with Child Welfare Systems

The experiences of African American males in the child welfare system are similar to those of African American males within the broader society. They are more likely to attend underperforming schools, are at increased risk of entry into the juvenile justice system and are less likely to live in communities with opportunities and institutional investments that promote child and adolescent well-being (and thus successful preparation for adulthood). What distinguishes this group of African American males is that the child welfare system is designed to provide for their safety, permanence and well-being, yet it frequently fails them by not understanding and responding to their cumulative life experiences; especially the unique influences of race, racism and culture.

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