In recent years, the ethnic and cultural diversity of the U.S. has increased as large numbers of immigrants and refugees have resettled here. Many of the recent immigrants and refugees have arrived from African countries, and human scientists and Extension professionals must be prepared to engage with the families. To inform the work of professionals, a comprehensive search of the literature on family engagement in K-12 education and out-of-school time with African families was conducted using multiple keywords in several database searches. Two books and three peer-reviewed journal articles were identified that focused on family engagement with African families. After reviewing the publications, three relevant themes for professionals seeking engagement with African families were identified: (a) culture, (b) potential challenges, and (c) program components. These themes and their subthemes are explored, and recommendations are made for Extension professionals to increase their engagement with African families in family life programs.



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