Minority Youth and Family Initiative for African-Americans (MYFI)
About This Program
The information in this program outline is provided by the program representative and edited by the CEBC staff. Minority Youth and Family Initiative for African-Americans (MYFI) has been reviewed by the CEBC in the areas of: Family Stabilization and Reducing Racial Disparity and Disproportionality in Child Welfare, but lacks the necessary research evidence to be given a Scientific Rating.
Target Population: African American children and families involved with the child welfare system
For parents/caregivers of children ages: 0 – 17
MYFI in Polk County, Iowa, aims to reduce the proportion of African-American children in the child welfare system. Public child welfare staff addresses needs and concerns of African-American families and engages them as team members from the beginning of the case by utilizing Pre- and Post-Removal Family Conferencing and Family Team Meetings (facilitated by African-American workers). Parent Partners (alumni of the child welfare system) serve as guides and advocates for child welfare involved families. Culturally competent services, resources and support for families, training for staff, and flexible dollars used to meet family needs are also important elements of the program.
The goals of Minority Youth and Family Initiative for African-Americans (MYFI) are to:
- Decrease in proportion of African-American children in child welfare system.
- Increase in satisfaction of African-American families served by child welfare system.
Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: September 2013
Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: December 2011
Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: December 2011