A comparative analysis of child welfare services through the eyes of African American, Caucasian, and Latino parents

Cecilia Ayón, Cheryl D. Lee

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to find if differences exist among 88 African American, Caucasian, and Latino families who received child welfare services. Method: A secondary data analysis of cross-sectional survey data employing standardized measures was used for this study. Family preservation (FP) services were received by 49 participants, and 39 participants were provided Family maintenance (FM) services. Results: Minority clients were likely to have more children, lower incomes, and receive public assistance, and 30% were monolingual Spanish speakers. African American and Latino parents reported more positive outcomes on children's academic adjustment and symptomatic behavior than Caucasian parents when receiving FP services. Conclusion: When recommending child welfare services, workers need to take ethnicity into account as culturally sensitive and community-based programs, such as FP, may be more effective when serving ethnic or racial minority groups.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)257-266
Number of pages10
JournalResearch on Social Work Practice
Volume15
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2005

Keywords

  • African American families
  • Caucasian families
  • Child welfare outcomes
  • Family maintenance
  • Family preservation
  • Latino families

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Psychology(all)

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