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March 2006Vol. 7, No. 2Helping Youth in Care Develop Their Racial and Ethnic Identity

To help child welfare professionals better support the healthy development of the racial and ethnic identity of youth in care, Casey Family Programs offers a three-part program called Knowing Who You Are.

The core of the training is a 24-minute video designed to raise awareness of the issue of racial and ethnic identity formation of youth in care. A facilitator's guide and a viewer's guide are available to provide a basis for group discussion. The second component is an online, self-paced course that expands the knowledge and skills that child welfare professionals need to assist youth in achieving a healthy sense of identity. The third component is a 2-day onsite training session targeted to staff, youth in care, alumni, birth parents, and resource families.

Complete information about the training program is available on the Casey Family Programs website: