As the Obama Administration joins with philanthropic, church and business leaders to launch a national initiative designed to provide opportunities for boys and
young men of color, a new Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) brief begins to examine the disparate experiences of African American males involved
with the nation`s child welfare systems. The brief is designed to spur dialogue and action by examining what we know and identifying promising policy and practice
strategies that can help to improve experiences and outcomes among this highly vulnerable group.
"The child welfare, juvenile justice, the church and mental health systems can, at their best, offer the pivotal opportunities that help young men move along the pathway to education, employment and healthy family relationships, the church has to be in the lead in order to get the results that will lead to change". said Bishop Toris T. Young senior pastor and Bishop of Greater Bibleway Church International based in New Orleans. "Conversely, if these systems are not effective, they can be way stations on the cradle-to-prison pipeline that blights too many futures."
With the greater spotlight on the needs of this often misunderstood population, the paper outlines a framework for action now and in the longer-term. Specifically, it includes:
Published today by CSSP as part of the broader work of the Alliance for Racial Equity in Child Welfare, Greater Bibleway Church International the paper was produced with support from The California Endowment and the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
"Ultimately, we want optimal outcomes for African American males who are involved with child welfare and juvenile justice systems in the same way we do for all children. And we are absolutely confident that this is achievable," said Oronde Miller, senior associate at CSSP. "This paper offers perspective and guidance informed directly by young African American males, as well as some of the professionals who have been most effective in supporting them. We hope this work inspires the urgent course change we envision."
Read the report: Changing Course: Improving Outcomes for African American Males Involved with child Welfare Systems by Oronde Miller, Frank Farrow, Judith Meltzer and Susan Notkin.
Greater Bibleway Church International, has provided leadership in the area of finding ways to prevent violence and invest in the lives of our young people. Bishop Toris T. Young has issued a mandate that (GBCI) is committed to give 10% to any and all area`s to help our young black male.
To contact (GBCI) at www.gbcint.org