Metropolitan Group was retained on behalf of the Child Welfare Information Gateway (under the federal Children’s Bureau) to review the existing Spanish language glossary of child welfare terms to ensure consistency and cultural relevance in the use of language in the field and in the Spanish language resource materials developed for distribution by the federal agency.
MG also conducted a scan of websites and key Latino organizations to identify Spanish language resources that are relevant to the full continuum of topics for the new Child Welfare Information Gateway Library. The purpose of the assessment was to determine the effectiveness of materials in terms of language and cultural context as well as to identify any gaps in information. For example, in focus groups conducted with monolingual Spanish-speaking parents and Spanish-speaking providers, participants identified the need for Spanish language materials that discussed the difference between disciplining a child and child abuse.
As a result, MG recommended creation and dissemination of new materials and resources that directly address the needs of Latinos, and establishment of a resource list of Spanish language materials and information that can be accessed nationally.