Abuse, Neglect and Asian American Families

Understanding the Issues of Abuse and Neglect and Asian American Families describes how Asian American culture influences child-rearing practices and urges child welfare professionals to take a more balanced approach to investigating cases of neglect or abuse. Because child welfare policies are rarely tailored to the Asian American community, a better understanding of the culture will decrease the chances of unnecessarily traumatizing a family or removing a child. This 2-page fact sheet prepared by the Coalition for Asian American Children and Families explains that Asian Americans new to the United States face a number of obstacles, including language barriers, which can perpetuate misunderstandings about their customs and practices.

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