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Photocopy of typescript. Abstract preceding title page. Thesis (M.S.W.)--California State University, Long Beach, 2004. Includes bibliographical references (leaves 72-75).

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... This is not to suggest that issues of diverse concerns are not mentioned; however, racial concerns are not integrated into training and support, unless the workers are themselves racialized persons. Latino foster parents identify the need to have more Latino agency staff in order to minimize the cultural inadequacies that the fostering Latino population experience (Torres, 2004). This argument can be generalized to many racialized population. ...
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Unsafe environmental conditions, including parents' inability to care for them, abuse and high risk behaviour by their primary caregivers, force many children out of the places they call home. When they leave home, the Canadian state assumes immediate and sometimes long-term care for them. Caring involves being placed in foster homes that offer a balance between the needs of the children and the provisional abilities of the foster families. This is not unusual; however, placing a White foster child with a Black foster family, headed by a single woman in a middle class predominantly White suburb, offers sufficient challenges to warrant further exploration of how racist attitudes are maintained and transformed in everyday relationships between state representatives, the general White population and the Black family. This article explores my experience of ongoing tensions along racial lines while caring for children as a foster parent. Introduction This article explores my experiences of mother as a foster parent for the Canadian state. The discussion entails challenges experienced and acts of resistance from professionals including representatives from a child welfare agency, teachers, community agencies, and members of our local community. A response is offered addressing the stereotypical notion of Black mothering and questions are raised about the institutional practices in child welfare agen-cies specific to White children's placement with Black or racialized families. The paper concludes by questioning practitioners' colour-blind approach in their work with racialized foster parents and solidifying Black women's roles as mothers. Offering children safe, nurturing, and supportive environments to live is one of the most important roles of a foster family. When children are placed
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