Black Children & Families

Black children and families in the United States face longstanding challenges that must be considered alongside their unique strengths. Child Trends’ applied research agenda on Black children and families explores both challenges and assets to produce new knowledge that deepens the field’s understanding of Black families’ diversity, contextualizes their experiences within systems and institutions, and informs policies and practices that promote their well-being.

Data Spotlight

Research on Black families both reflects our nation’s beliefs and exerts its own influence on public attitudes and policies. Our report explores the ways in which social science research focused on Black families has changed over 10 decades.

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Applied Research Agenda Priorities


Protective Community Resources for Black Children and Families

Black Family Cultural Assets

Featured Experts

Kristen Harper

Vice President for Public Policy and Engagement

Chrishana M. Lloyd

Research Scholar

Dominique N. Martinez

Research Analyst

Asari Offiong

Senior Research Scientist I

Shana E. Rochester

Research Scientist

Mavis Sanders

Senior Research Scholar of Black Children and Families

Victor St. John

Research Scientist II

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