"There is no trust more sacred than the one the world holds with children. There is no duty more important than ensuring that their rights are respected, that their welfare is protected, that their lives are free from fear and want and that they can grow up in peace."
As part of the National Black Child Development Institute’s mission to improve and advance the quality of life for Black children and families, we are committed to addressing multiple aspects of the child welfare system, with a focus on prevention and effective, supportive, culturally competent care.
Across our nation, almost half of the children currently in out-of-home placement care are children of color. Black children are more likely to be in out-of-home care than are White children; they are also more likely to enter care at an earlier age and to remain in care for longer.
To help support the transformation of child welfare systems, NBCDI has established the following priorities and objectives, as adapted from those developed in the BCDI-Seattle Affiliate:
1. Ensure that African American culture is recognized, respected and reflected in child welfare practices, by integrating appropriate cultural competence teaching into social work training and prevention practices, and by engaging in community support practices that encourage family-to-family mentoring and kinship care support.
2. Implement targeted efforts to actively recruit foster and adoptive families that reflect the culture and ethnicity of children in out-of-home placement, given the dearth of licensed African American foster families and adoptive parents.
3. Focus attention on the issues of racial disproportionality and service disparities in child welfare systems with the goal of reducing and ultimately eliminating those disparities.
4. Engage in effective prevention efforts, including parenting and family support practices, to keep Black children safely in their homes and reduce the number of Black children removed from their homes.