Welcome to the website of the Institute for Family and Child Well-Being. African American children, families, and communities have made significant gains during the last several decades, and continue to grow stronger in many respects. This fact notwithstanding, it has become increasingly clear that African American children and families are in the midst of a crisis with respect to our involvement in this nation's child welfare and juvenile / criminal justice systems.
Founded by Oronde Miller in January 2004, and guided by the collective experience and wisdom of our National Advisory Council, the Institute is committed to telling the story of African American children and families that have been affected by both the American child welfare and juvenile justice systems. We are primarily a comprehensive educational and resource repository for information about African American children, families and communities, as well as their historical and contemporary experiences within the American child welfare and juvenile justice systems. It is our intent to provide the information necessary to fundamentally transform the way this nation understands and addresses matters related to child and family well-being, particularly though not exclusively with respect to African American children, families and communities.
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Facing the Rising Sun: Perspectives on African American Family and Child Well-Being
Oronde Miller has worked on behalf of African American children and families in various capacities since 1993. His educational and professional experience includes a broad focus on child development, education, and socialization, with a particular focus on the cultural and social forces impacting African American child and family functioning in the United States. Oronde was placed in foster care, along with his older brother, when he was just a few months old. He and his brother were both adopted by their permanent family after several foster placements (at times separated) and after one disrupted adoptive placement.
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