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Vol. 7, No. 3
June 2002

Working with Latino Families

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 Carolina’s 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 state’s 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.


Latinos in North Carolina

Agency Strives to Adapt to Dramatic Increase in Latino Clients: An Interview with Union County DSS

Training Resource for those Seeking to Improve their Practice with Latinos

Tips for Agencies Serving Latinos

Working with First Generation Latino Families

Why We Shouldn't Use Family Members as Interpreters


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