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Inuit child welfare and family support: Policies, programs and strategies

Rae, L. – 2011

A review of issues facing Native children in Canada, and interventions designed to address them. Presents background on Inuit children and families, noting current and historical factors that contribute to the need for intervention and support. These include discrimination/racism, poverty, mental health and substance abuse issues, and violence. Inuit child welfare considerations include poverty, community involvement, culturally appropriate services, family support, incorporating traditional cultural practices, and capacity-building in the community. Outlines Canadian promising practices in such areas as increasing traditional input and improving cultural competency, family support and preservation, and encouraging customary adoption. Also reports on promising practices in other countries, such as alternative dispute resolution and kinship care. Outlines model Native child welfare service delivery in Canada. Includes bibliographical references.