Safe Babies Training


Cultural Awareness for Children in the Foster Care System

With Marva Lewis, PhD

The American Academy of Pediatrics announced in 2020 that racism is a form of psychological maltreatment. Racism hurts children. This webinar first describes the psychosocial impact of racism on young children and families of color. We use a public health approach to historical trauma of diverse targeted and oppressed groups to examine national data on racial disparities created by structural racism. Foster parents and caregivers can use everyday cultural practices and routines with infants and children to strengthen attachment relationships and mitigate racial wounding. We will end with a call for action and commitment to work to mitigate the virus of racism, recognize how colorism impacts young children.

Via Zoom | Earned 1.5 CEUs

Training Competencies

Direct Service Skills | Working with Others | Communicating

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About Our Speaker

Dr. Marva Lewis | Associate Professor at Tulane University

Marva L. Lewis, PhD in sociocultural psychology and Associate Professor at the Tulane University School of Social Work in New Orleans, Louisiana. She is Founder and Director of the Place for Natural Connections that provides community-based interventions promoting hair combing interaction as a naturalistic and culturally valid opportunity to strengthen parent-child attachment. In 2011 she was commissioned by the National Zero to Three Safe Baby Court Teams to conduct training on historical trauma of slavery and racial disparities in the child welfare system. She is currently a consultant and member of the Zero to Three, national Advisory Board of the Quality Improvement Center for Research Based Infant-Toddler Court Teams.

Her full Curriculum Vitae is available at