Being a foster parent is rewarding, but there can also be a steep learning curve, especially for parents taking care of a child of a different race.
“In working with the foster care system, we realize parents need to have some education around caring for a child of a different race or a different culture,” said Sherida McMullan with Jack and Jill Phoenix.
Jack and Jill, an African American community organization, teamed up with the Arizona Department of Child Safety to educate foster parents on one of the most noticeable aspects of their child’s life: their hair.
While it may sound basic, when it comes to the self-esteem of a child, having your hair done correctly matters.
“How do we ensure that the full child feels like they can bring their best selves to school, when they go to events, and hair is a big piece of that,” McMullan said.