Finding Black Parents: One Church One Child Harvard Case Solution & Analysis

In 1980, the Illinois Department of Children and families in crisis. More than 700 black children in Cook County, including 69 children, were waiting for adoption, and the agency was not able to find a black parent. Director Gregory L. color, with his deputy, Gordon Johnson, approached Father George Clements, a black activist Chicago priest in the Baptist community. From these meetings came one church, one child, plan to use the pastors of the church, as the representatives of the black community to achieve. Kohler and Johnson faced a number of obstacles as they asked for private religious institutions, to help solve the problems of public authority. They had to change negative attitudes in the black community, which has grown to distrust the government agency, as well as between employees suspicious changes who will implement the program in the black adoption. They had to reconstruct the state laws that inhibit the adoption process. And they had to change the bureaucratic procedures that have proven to be ineffective. Video accompanying exhibition brings to life the successful strategy of the one Church, one child program, focusing on the presentation of a black church, to encourage adoption. In addition, the video includes retrospective comments from program administrators and vignette families who have adopted children as a result of the program. This event will challenge students to examine the assumptions that limit the bureaucracy. Available in Spanish translation. HKS Case Number 856.0 "Hide
by Alan Altshuler, Mark Zegans, Anna Warrock Source: Harvard Kennedy School 21 pages. Publication Date: 01 January 1988. Prod. #: HKS027-PDF-ENG

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