Contextual pathways to Latino child welfare involvement: A theoretical model located in the intersections of place, culture, and socio-structural factors

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Abstract

Latino children and families represent the fastest growing group in the child welfare system. However, research that explores Latinos experiences in the child welfare system is limited. By drawing upon several bodies of literature, this paper introduces a Latino Child Welfare Research and Practice Model that incorporates the physical, individual and social, institutional, socio-political, and subjective environments. The theoretical model posits that the lack of attention to these multiple and interlocking contextual dimensions of environment increases risk for Latino children to enter the child welfare system. Taken together, the five dimensions of environment incorporate contextual pathways to Latino child welfare that are historically situated in time and place, rooted in culture, and ideologically driven by socio-structural institutions. The model is used as a guiding framework to inform effective Latino child welfare practice, research, and policy recommendations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1240-1250
Number of pages11
JournalChildren and Youth Services Review
Volume31
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2009

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This author would like to give thanks to doctors Maureen Marcenko, Eugene Aisenberg, Peter Pecora, Tracy Harachi, and Susan Kemp from the University of Washington School of Social Work for their ongoing feedback and editorial comments. Many thanks to my relatives and colleagues who inspire me. Support for this paper was provided by the National Institute of Mental Health Minority Fellowship Program.

Keywords

  • Child welfare
  • Context
  • Culture
  • Environment
  • Foster care
  • Hispanics
  • Latinos
  • Place
  • Practice model

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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