7, No. 3
Latinos are the fastest
growing population in the United States. In fact, they are now the
largest minority group in America. By 2050 one out of every four
Americans will be Latino (Census, 2000).
The implications of
this demographic trend are monumental for North Carolinas
child welfare workers. In the years to come, an increasing number
of the families and children involved with the child welfare system
will be of Spanish-speaking heritage. Practitioners and agencies
need to take steps now to ensure that our states Latinos will
be well served.
This issue of the newsletter
aims to prepare you for this change by sharing background information
about Latinos, exploring their experience of the child welfare system,
and by offering suggestions and insights to help you achieve safety,
permanence, and well-being for Latino children and their families.
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