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The importance of race and culture in adoption permanency decisions

This 90-minute webinar discusses the importance of considering race and culture when making adoption permanency decisions. Presenters provide a brief overview of structural racism and its lingering effects on the child welfare system. They also explore the impact of disproportionality and racial disparities on child welfare practice and how this has led to the overrepresentation of Black and Brown children/youth within the system. 

Guest speaker Robert “Tony” Parsons shares what it was like to be adopted transracially. Guest speakers Kendra Lowden and Ricardo Franco offer strategies for making adoption permanency decisions related to race and culture, specifically as it applies to Latino, Indigenous, and Black children in foster care. 

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  • Kimberly Bonham, LCSW, AdoptUSKids national child welfare consultant
  • Faith Lee, MSHS, MA, AdoptUSKids national child welfare consultant
  • Kendra Lowden, MA, Ghost Thunder Child Welfare Consulting consultant
  • Ricardo L. Franco, LSW, DMin, Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange
  • Robert “Tony” Parsons, Center for States young adult consultant

Year presented: 2023

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Presentation slides (1.58 MB PDF)



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