Vernon B. Carter, Associate Professor, Social Work

Vernon Carter

Phone: (603) 862-0199
Office: Social Work, Pettee Hall, Durham, NH 03824

Vernon Brooks Carter, Ph.D., studies the removal of Native American and Alaskan Native (NA/AI) children from their homes, which has been a concern for child welfare workers and policy makers for many years. The numbers of NA/AI children in out-of-home care is significantly greater when compared to Non-Indian children. This disproportion of NA/AI children in out-of-home care has persisted almost 30 years after the passage of the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 (ICWA) of which a major objective was to decrease the number of NA/AI being placed into the foster care system (Donald, 2003). There is very little in the literature looking at this issue on the national level. The focus of his current research is to examine significant variables that are associated and may predict placement of children into out-of-home care. One of those variables is domestic violence: active domestic violence and families with a history of domestic violence. A second variable of interest concerns the impact of race/ethnicity: placement of Latina/o children into kinship care. These areas of interest are being explored through secondary analysis of The National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being (NSCAW), a national longitudinal dataset.

Courses Taught

  • SW 623: Social Work Practice
  • SW 796: Ind Stdy/Teaching Assistant
  • SW 840: Race, Culture and Oppression


  • Ph.D., Social Work, Boston College
  • M.S.W., Social Work, University of New Hampshire
  • B.A., Literature, State University of New York
  • A.A., Literature, Orange County Community College

Selected Publications

  • Banach, M., Foden, E., & Brooks Carter, V. (2019). Educating undergraduate group workers: increasing confidence through experiential learning. Social Work with Groups, 42(2), 158-170. doi:10.1080/01609513.2018.1478762

  • Carter, V., & Marx, J. (n.d.). U.S. Volunteering in the Aftermath of the Great Recession: Were African Americans a Significant Factor?. In Unknown Book (Vol. 5, pp. 22). MDPI AG. doi:10.3390/socsci5020022

  • Carter, V. B. (2011). Urban American Indian/Alaskan Natives compared to non-Indians in out-of-home care.. Child Welfare, 90(1), 43-58. Retrieved from

  • Carter, V. B. (2010). Factors predicting placement of urban American Indian/Alaskan Natives into out-of-home care. CHILDREN AND YOUTH SERVICES REVIEW, 32(5), 657-663. doi:10.1016/j.childyouth.2009.12.013

  • Carter, V. B. (2009). Prediction of placement into out-of-home care for American Indian/Alaskan Natives compared to non-Indians. CHILDREN AND YOUTH SERVICES REVIEW, 31(8), 840-846. doi:10.1016/j.childyouth.2009.03.006

  • Carter, V. B. (2009). Comparison of American Indian/Alaskan Natives to Non-Indians in Out-of-Home Care. FAMILIES IN SOCIETY-THE JOURNAL OF CONTEMPORARY SOCIAL SERVICES, 90(3), 301-308. doi:10.1606/1044-3894.3895

  • Carter, V. B., & Marx, J. (2007). What motivates African-American charitable giving: Findings from a national sample. ADMINISTRATION IN SOCIAL WORK, 31(1), 67-85. doi:10.1300/J147v31n01_05

  • Carter, V., & Sinha, V. (n.d.). Chapter 4. Child Protective Services. In D. Ned, & C. Frost (Eds.), Contemporary Issues in Child Welfare: American Indian and Canadian
    Aboriginal Contexts
    (Illustrated ed.). JCharlton Publishing Limited, 2017.

  • Most Cited Publications