Presented below are links to organizations and individuals that have made and continue to make significant contributions to the field of child welfare, with a particular focus on improving the quality of life for African American children, as well as strengthening African American families and communities.
NABSW was established in 1968 and is designed to promote the welfare, survival, and liberation of the Black Community; and to advocate for social change at the national, state, and local level. NABSW is comprised of over 100 membership chapters throughout the continental United States and the Caribbean. Additionally, affiliate groups are in both West and South Africa. Membership is available to persons of African ancestry who, regardless of profession, share similar concerns regarding health and welfare issues in the Black community.
Established in 1971 and incorporated in New York in 1975, the Black Administrators in Child Welfare (BACW) is a nationawide, non-profit organization dedicated to improving the conditions of African American children and their families who are gravely over-represented in the nation's child welfare system.
Since 1970, The National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI), a non-profit organization, has provided and supported programs, workshops and resources for African American children, their parents and communities in: Early Health and Education; Health; Elementary and Secondary Education; Child Welfare; and Parenting. NBCDI believes every African American child has the right to: live in good health; learn and grow within a safe environment; care and protection within the family; develop a positive self image; and take pride in their African American heritage and culture.
The Association of Black Psychologists was founded in San Francisco in 1968 by a number of Black Psychologists from across the country. They united to actively address the serious problems facing Black Psychologists and the larger Black community. Guiding by the principal of self-determination, these psychologists set about building an institution through which they could address the long neglected needs of Black professionals. Their goal was to have a positive effect upon the mental health of the national Black community by means of planning, programs, services, training, and advocacy.
The National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE) is the nation’s premiere non-profit organization devoted to furthering the academic success for the nation’s children - particularly children of African descent. Now in its 34th year, NABSE boasts a membership of more than 6,700 preeminent educators including teachers, administrators, superintendents as well as corporate and institutional members. Founded in 1970, by Dr. Charles D. Moody, Sr., NABSE is dedicated to improving both the educational experiences and accomplishments of African American youth through the development and use of instructional and motivational methods that increase levels of inspiration, attendance and overall achievement.
Jaiya John is the founder and of Soul Water Rising, a global human relations mission invested in youth development. He serves as a professional speaker, poet, author, youth mentor, and consultant. Jaiya’s passionate, poetic presentations offer inspiration to transform heart and mind. He has addressed thousands of youth and adults internationally, always with the intent of stirring the soul to remember itself. This work is truly his mission, ministry, and life. He has authored the memoir, Black Baby White Hands: A View from the Crib; also Reflection Pond, a meditation on identity, culture, and healing in children separated from original family; Beautiful, a poetic companion piece to Reflection Pond; and Legendary, a poetic tribute to social service professionals, teachers, and others who honorably serve devalued children. Jaiya was a professor of social psychology at Howard University (1995-1998) and served as associate director for the National Center on Permanency for African American Children (1999-2001).
Dr. Crumbley is a national child welfare consultant, trainer, and family therapist. His major areas of interest include kinship care and adoption, with a special interest in transracial adoption. Dr. Crumbely has delivered hundreds of trainings to public and private child welfare agency professionals, adoptive parents, and community organizations. He is the author of numerous books, and has a colletion of audio and video tapes available for use as training tools.
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