African American Men, Child Welfare, and Permanency Planning.

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Leashore, B. R.
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This chapter examines the failure of child welfare and permanency planning services to incorporate African American men as significant and serious participants in the service delivery process. Child welfare and permanency planning services have marginalized African American men such that children fail to benefit from the inclusion of these men in the service delivery process. This incomplete and inappropriate approach to permanency planning specifically, and to child welfare services more generally, is a disservice to African American children. Corrective measures are proffered to promote greater inclusion of African American men in child welfare and permanency planning services. These include individual interventions to strengthen ego functioning and support groups to reduce stress and prevent child abuse and neglect. Interventions with families should use a family systems approach to improve family functioning and encourage men to participate in the family. Finally, agency policies and services should inform men of their responsibilities and resources to support permanency planning. 33 references. (Author abstract modified)

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