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Cultural Competency and Diversity Publications and Resources


Parenting in Racially and Culturally Diverse Adoptive Families (CWIG/Children's Bureau)

Addressing The Mental Health Needs of Racial & Minority Youth (APA)

A Parent's Guide to Preventing and Responding to Prejudice

Tip Sheet for Talking to Kids About Racial Stereotypes

How to Talk to Kids about Racism

The Traumatic Impact of Racism on Young People and How to Talk About It

Implicit Bias in the Child Welfare,Education and Mental Health Systems

Implicit Racial Bias 101: Exploring Implicit Bias in Child Protection Video (The Center for the Study of Social Policy & the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity)

Diversity & Cultural Competence (NASW)

Racial Equity Tools Glossary

Enhancing Cultural Competence in Social Service Agencies: A Promising Approach to Serving Diverse Children and Families (Office of Planning, Research & Evaluation)

Developing Culturally Responsive Approaches to Serving Diverse Populations: A Resource Guide for Community-Based Organizations (2017)

NASW Standards and Indicators of Cultural Competence

Culturally Responsive Child Welfare Practice (CASCW, 2015)

Immigration and Child Welfare (CWIG, 2015)

Moving Toward Cultural Competence: Key Considerations to Explore (AdoptUSKids)

Resources for Child Welfare Professionals Working with Families from Refugee Backgrounds (CASCW, 2016)


Resources to Build Competency with Specific Cultural Groups

African-American Families

Complex Trauma and African Americans

Improving Outcomes for African American Males Involved with Child Welfare Systems (Center for the Study of Social Policy)

A Practice Guide for Working with African-American Families in the Child Welfare System (MN DHS, 2006)

Working with African American Adoptive, Foster and Kinship Families (AdoptUsKids)

Asian/Pacific Islander Families

Connecting the Dots: Improving Neighborhood-Based Child Welfare Services (CACF, 2007)

Services for Asian and Pacific Islander Children and Families (NTACCMH, 2006)

Native American Families

Native Americans and Child Welfare (2006)

Tribal-State Relations (CWIG, 2012)

Working With American Indian Families (NC Division of Social Services, 2006)

Faith-based Resources

The Role of Faith Based Agencies in Child Welfare

A Guide for Child Welfare Agencies Working with Communities of Faith (AdoptUsKids)

Clergy as Mandatory Reporters of Child Abuse and Neglect: Summary of State Laws (CWIG, 2008)

Engaging and Partnering with Faith-Based Organizations in Initiatives for Children, Youth, and Families (IEL)

Faith-Based Providers Working with LGBTQ Youth (2012, CWLA/Lambda Legal)

Hispanic/Latino Families

A Portrait of Latino Fathers: Strengths and Challenges

Adaptation Guidelines for Serving Latino Children and Families Affected by Trauma

The Hispanic Experience of the Child Welfare System

Child Welfare Terms - English to Spanish (CWIG, 2011)

Enhancing Cultural Competence in Social Service Agencies: A Promising Approach to Serving Diverse Children and Families (OPRE, 2014)

Latino Children of Immigrants in CW(Migration and Child Welfare National Network research brief)

Promoting and Supporting Latino Families in Adoption and Foster Care(AdoptUsKids, 2008)

LGBTQ Resources

A Guide for Understanding, Supporting, and Affirming LGBTQI2s Children, Youth, and Families (SAMHSA)

Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth: A Guide for Foster Parents (CWIG, June 2021)

Working with LGBTQ+ Families in Foster Care and Adoptions (CWIG, June 2021)

Toolkit to Support Child Welfare Agencies in Serving LGBTQ Children, Youth, and Families (Capacity Building Center for States, Childrens Bureau)

Guidebook for Best Practices with Lesbian,Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) Youth)

Out of the Shadows: Supporting LGBTQ Youth in Child Welfare through Cross-System Collaboration Youth (Center for the Study of Social Policy)

LGBT Populations and the Child Welfare System (Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation)

Working With Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) Families in Foster Care and Adoption (Children's Bureau, 2016)

Best Practice Principles: Gay and Lesbian Youth in Care (CWLA)

Caring for LGBTQ Children and Youth - A Guide for Child Welfare Providers

Getting Down to Basics: Tools to Support LGBTQ Youth in Care (CWLA, Lambda Legal, 2013)

LGBTQ Issues & Child Welfare (Youth.Gov)

LGBTQ Resources (compiled by Opening Doors Project)

Self-Assessment Checklist for Personnel Providing Services and Supports to LGBTQ1 Youth and Their Families (GUCCHD, 2012)

Supporting Your LGBTQ Youth: A Guide for Foster Parents (CWIG, 2013)

Refugee/Immigrant Families

Immigrant Families and Child Welfare Systems (2019)

Immigrants in the Child Welfare System Case Studies (Center for Children & Law)

A Social Worker's Toolkit for Working with Immigrant Families - Child Welfare Flowchart (2009)

A Social Worker’s Tool Kit for Working With Immigrant Families - Healing the Damage: Trauma and Immigrant Families in the Child Welfare System (2010)

A Social Worker's Tool Kit for Working with Immigrant Families - Immigration Status and Relief Options (2009)

Addressing the Mental Health Problems of Border and Immigrant Youth (NCTSN, 2009)

Children of Immigrants in the Child Welfare System (Migration and Child Welfare National Network)

Tip Sheet on Haitian Culture

Working with Undocumented and Mixed Status Immigrant Children and Families (2011)