Family preservation services and special populations: The invisible target

Ramona W. Denby, Carla M. Curtis, Keith A. Alford

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Children of color are especially vulnerable for a devastating outcome as a result of their living environment and are disproportionately represented within the child welfare system. Social workers, who are trained to mitigate the effects of social injustice and societal inconsistencies, particularly among minorities and oppressed populations, perpetuate the injustices associated with the child welfare system by ignoring the special needs of children of color when administering family preservation services. The authors present results from a national study that examined the attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors of family preservation workers regarding the service criterion based on whether a family is part of a special population. Results indicate a significant bias against targeting family preservation services to children of color.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-14
Number of pages12
JournalFamilies in Society
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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