Family Matters

Family Matters attempts to explore three issues that have a substantial impact on black communities: foster care, fatherhood and identity development.

The report is organized around three central questions: (1) How does grantmaking that seeks to reduce the disproportionate placement of Black children in the foster care system impact the health of Black communities and strengthen Black family structures? (2) How do contemporary societal beliefs and public policies relating to Black fathers impact their opportunities to contribute positively to Black families and the Black community? (3) How do notions of gender, masculinity and sexual identity in the Black community interact with normative notions of family, and why is this interplay relevant to a funder seeking to strengthen Black communities?

Each of the three sections of this paper seeks to examine family in poignant and practical ways that offer alternative, yet necessary perspectives for grantmakers to consider when seeking to improve outcomes for African Americans and their communities. (2009)