Working with Latino Families

Working with Latino Families

Spanish may not be the primary language of every Latino person coming to your agency as either a prospective adoptive or foster care parent. While many Latinos in the U.S. are bilingual, some do not speak Spanish at all. According to the National Council of La Raza: "A large majority (76%) of the Hispanic community speaks English, and 52% speak both English and Spanish; of the latter, 40% are fluent in both languages.

"Many second generation and all of the third generation Latino adoptive parents interviewed for Adopt US Kids publication about promoting and supporting Latino families listed English as their first language. It will serve in the best interest of both the agency and the family to ask the family what their language preferences are rather than assume. Language is just one important consideration when working with Hispanic and Latino families.

Read the AdoptUSKids publication, Nuestra Familia, Nuestra Cultura (Our Family, Our Culture).