Over the last year, the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP), which manages the Alliance for Racial Equity in Child Welfare, has reviewed data and research literature, talked to young African American men who are in - or had been in - foster care and identified initiatives and strategies that are showing promise. This paper is a product of that work and is intended to: Summarize what we know about the situation of African American males involved with the child welfare system; Outline an approach to more effective action to improve outcomes for these boys and young men; and Recommend specific steps that state and local public system leaders, policymakers and funders can begin to take now to move toward that goal. The report also highlights examples of agencies and interventions that have demonstrated success in engaging with and supporting improved outcomes for African American males. (Author abstract)
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