CommunitycontextCultural Responsiveness & Disproportionality

Additional Keywords: immigration, immigrants, cultural competence, Indian child welfare, linguistic competence, tribal child welfare, disparity, (Resources on Diversity and Inclusivity can be found in the “Organizational Environment” category)

Racial Disproportionality and Disparity in Child Welfare

This issue brief explores the prevalence of racial disproportionality and disparity in the child welfare system and describes strategies that…

Developing Culturally Responsive Approaches to Serving Diverse Populations: A Resource Guide for Community-Based Organizations

This guide identifies easily accessible resources on cultural competency that community-based service organizations can use to become more responsive to…

Racial Equity Impact Assessment

This assessment is a systematic examination of how different racial and ethnic groups will likely be affected by a proposed…

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Race Matters: Unequal Opportunity within the Child Welfare System

This brief explains why equal opportunity is important in the U.S. child welfare system, shows the consequences of unintended actions…

3 Tools for Getting Started with the Race Matters Toolkit

This paper introduces three simple tools for starting racial equity work off right. (2006)

Race Matters: Organizational Self-Assessment

This tool contains a questionnaire and next steps that help raise organizational awareness, start focused conversations, contribute to the development…

The Institutional Analysis: Uncovering Pathways to Improving Public Systems & Interventions for Children and Families

This paper describes an approach, known as an Institutional Analysis (IA), is to identify organizational structures such as policies, administrative…

Fresno County Department of Social Services: Confronting Racial Inequities and Disproportionality to Improve Child Welfare Outcomes for Children & Families

This case study details Fresno County’s efforts to address racial inequities and improve outcomes for all children and youth involved…

Race Equity and Inclusion Action Guide: 7 Steps to Advance and Embed Race Equity and Inclusion within Your Organization

This guide provides a clear framework to incorporate race equity and inclusion at every stage of work by foundations or…

Constructing a Racial Equity Theory of Change: A Practical Guide for Designing Strategies to Close Chronic Racial Outcome Gaps

This publication represents an effort to apply a more race-conscious approach to community building and social justice work and the…

Structural Racism Theory of Change Framework

This presentation by the Center for the Study of Social Policy explains a step-by-step backward mapping process to help identify…

Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) Staff Core Competencies for Working to Achieve Racial Equity

This document outlines the attitudes, skills and knowledge to help the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) staff…

Tools for Thought: Using Racial Equity Impact Assessments for Effective Policymaking

This study explores assessment tools that measure the impact of proposed legislation on populations of color and are effective in…

Mind the Gap #9: Achieving Racial Equity through Workforce & Organizational Change

This thought-provoking, dynamic webinar helps participants understand and apply a racial equity lens to change efforts in child welfare. (2016)

Governor’s Task Force on the Protection of Children Final Report and Recommendations (MN)

This report advise the governor and legislature on system and practice improvements in the child protection system at all levels…

Places to Watch: Promising Practices to Address Racial Disproportionality in Child Welfare

This report shares ten jurisdictions’ approaches to reducing racial disproportionality and disparities in their child welfare services in order to…

Racial Equity Training: NCWWI 1-page Summary

This document summarizes a study that examines participant knowledge and attitudes about race, engagement in racial equity work, and organizational…

Starting with the Numbers: The importance of data collection & analysis in system efforts to eliminate racial/ethnic disparities

This video discusses the work of Connecticut’s Department of Children and Families Statewide Racial Justice Workgroup (SRJW) to develop and…

Culture Card: A Guide to Build Cultural Awareness

This guide provides basic information to enhance cultural competence while providing services in American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities. Keywords: Native…

The Wakanheza Project™ Creating Welcoming Environments

This document provides principles and strategies that prevent or de-escalate stressful situations in public to create more welcoming environments for…

The Challenge of Sustaining Cultural and Linguistic Competence

This paper provides effective and creative strategies for sustaining cultural and linguistic competence efforts and examples of inclusive strategic planning…

Resources for Child Welfare Professionals Working with Families from Refugee Backgrounds

This guide provides information and resources to assist child welfare workers in providing culturally responsive, appropriate services to meet the…

Research-Practice Partnerships for Implementation of Evidence-Based Practices in Child Welfare and Child Mental Health

This report suggest that research-practice-policy partnerships may help narrow the gap between the development of evidence-based services for young people…

Racial Justice - The Connecticut Journey: A Conversation about the Work

This PowerPoint presentation introduces Connecticut’s Department of Children and Families Statewide Racial Justice Workgroup (SRJW) Leadership and their efforts to…

Best Practices Guide for Working with Families from Refugee Backgrounds in Child Welfare

This guide is an overview of selected topics that are relevant to providing culturally responsive services to families with refugee…

Diversity QuickBit Module 2: Cultural Openness

An important dimension of cultural humility is to maintain an openness to the cultural differences. This short 3 minute module…

Diversity QuickBit Module 1: Cultural Identity and Situational Factors

Knowing ourselves helps us to recognize our personal biases and stereotypes and to see the world from the perspective of…

Cultural Humility

This 30-minute documentary explains what cultural humility is and why we need it, and describes a set of principles that…

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Indian Child Welfare Resources from the National Conference of State Legislatures

This webpage provides resources about Indian Child Welfare Act, including background, basic provisions, federal guidance and courts, and general information…

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) Youth in the Child Welfare System

This training course assists child welfare professionals in being aware of the needs of youth who identify as LGBTQ in…

Research Is Action: Disparity, Poverty, and the Need for New Knowledge

This report explores the issue of disparity in relation to child poverty and maltreatment, and the reasons for investing more…

It’s Time to Talk: how to start conversations about racial inequities

This report tells how KIDS COUNT advocates in Nebraska, Wisconsin and Washington used solid data, leadership and citizen engagement to…

Implicit Bias in the Child Welfare, Education and Mental Health Systems

This paper investigates the impact of racial bias on three public institutions: the child welfare, education, and mental health systems.…

Foster Care: HHS Needs to Improve the Consistency and Timeliness of Assistance to Tribes

This report examines (1) obstacles facing tribes interested in directly operating a Title IV-E program and (2) the assistance HHS…

By The Numbers: Using Disaggregated Data to Inform Policies, Practices and Decision-making

This publication is the second installment in the Race for Results case study series. It features an inside look at…

Foster Care: HHS Needs to Improve the Consistency and Timeliness of Assistance to Tribes

This report examines (1) obstacles facing tribes interested in directly operating a title IV-E program and (2) the assistance HHS…

It’s Time to Talk: How to Start Conversations About Racial Inequities

This report tells how KIDS COUNT advocates in Nebraska, Wisconsin and Washington used solid data, leadership and citizen engagement to…

Cultural Responsiveness: NCWWI 1-page Summary

This document summarizes an article that discusses the initiative "The Diversity Scorecard" being implemented in higher education to address closing the achievement…

Resources for Promoting Self-Awareness

This document provides resources are intended to be a starting point for evaluators to begin developing higher a sense of…

Institutional Racism and the Social Work Profession: A Call to Action

This document provides definitions of institutional/structural racism, clarifies how it is relevant to the social work profession, and details how…

Achieving Racial Equity: Calling the Social Work Profession to Action Brief

This brief highlights the strategic actions and targeted recommendations developed during the symposium, Achieving Racial Equity: Calling the Social Work…

Achieving Racial Equity: Calling the Social Work Profession to Action

This report includes summaries of all of the presentations, recommendations, and biographies of the speakers at the symposium, Achieving Racial…

Race for Results: Wisconsin’s Need to Reduce Racial Disparities

This is a corresponding publication to the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s “Race for Results” report and highlights the pressing need…

Race to Equity Toolkit for Conversation

This toolkit offers facilitation assistance to school, faith, and community groups that want to discuss the data presented in the…

Race to Equity: A Baseline Report on the State of Racial Disparities in Dane County

This report summarizes the first year of data collection, analysis and community feedback--all aimed at promoting greater public awareness and…

Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children

This report explores the intersection of kids, race and opportunity. The report features the new Race for Results Index, which…

Social Workers Moving Beyond Neutrality: Confronting Racial Injustice Conference

This four part video features a day-long conference that focuses on racial disparities in education and the criminal justice system,…

Disproportionality Diagnostic Tool

This tool helps users examine disproportionality within their child welfare agency’s jurisdiction, identify gaps, target areas for improvements and highlight…

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Disproportionality Rates for Children of Color in Foster Care: Technical Assistance Bulletin (2013)

This Bulletin, released June 2015, utilizes (2013) Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) data and 2013 census…

Strategies to Reduce Racially Disparate Outcomes in Child Welfare

This paper documents the efforts underway in 12 states and localities to tackle the enduring problem of African American, Native…

Cultural Competency Organizational Self-Assessment Toolkit

This toolkit provides agencies with materials to facilitate the organization’s planning and assessment process and includes; background on the development…

Achieving Racial Equity: Child Welfare Policy Strategies to Improve Outcomes for Children of Color

This report begins by providing contextual information about the disparities often experienced by children and families of color, followed by…

Culturally Responsive Child Welfare Practice - CW360

This issue explores cultural responsiveness and concepts related to culturally informed practice, features an expanded practice section focusing on innovative,…

Culturally Responsive Child Welfare Practice - CW360 Integrated Bibliography

This bibliography offers an extensive list of resources dealing with Cultural Responsive Child Welfare Practice. (2015)

Cultural Humility and Management in Child Welfare

This webinar discusses culture, multiculturalism, intersectionality and how cultural humility connects to cultural competence and contributes to cultural responsiveness. It…

The Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) An Overview

This webinar provides an overview of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), a federal law passed in 1978 in response…

Disproportionality and Disparities: Understanding the Organizational Contributors

This webinar explores the issue of disproportionality and disparities in child welfare, theories of causation, historical factors, and examines some…

Twenty Things Supervisors Can Do to Support Workers to Competently Practice with LGBTQ Children, Youth, and Families

This document briefly highlights twenty ways that child welfare supervisors can support workers in practicing competently with LGBTQ (lesbian, gay,…

All Children-All Families Benchmarks of LGBT Cultural Competency

This one-page document offers ten benchmarks or steps that agencies need to achieve to be designated “Leaders in Supporting and…

Achieving Inclusive Excellence: Strategies for Creating Real and Sustainable Change in Quality and Diversity

This article, written by Damon Williams, shares the several shifts in culture and practice made by the University of Connecticut’s…

A Blueprint for Using Data to Reduce Disparities/Disproportionalities in Human Services & Behavioral Health

This guide shows how to use data to help achieve racial equity in human and behavioral health care services policy,…

Tribal and Non-tribal Agencies: A Comparison of how Social Work with Families is Conceptualized in the US

This article explores how the definitions of family impact the provision of services; addresses issues surrounding domestic violence, teen pregnancy,…

Supporting Her Rise to Power: Developing Multicultural Woman-Affirming Leadership

This paper highlights four key points of leadership development that attend to women’s experiences as leaders and responds to the…

California Disproportionality Project Breakthrough Series Collaborative Final Report

This report has been developed to share ideas and lessons that emerged from the California Disproportionality Project Breakthrough Series Collaborative…

Expanding the Family Circle

This webpage provides Expanding the Family Circle training which teaches a framework for the experienced caseworker to integrate a culturally…

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Collaborative & Effective Evaluation in Tribal Communities: The Roles and Voices of Key Stakeholders

This video describes the roles of key stakeholders to create a new narrative for evaluation in Tribal communities and reflects…

Creating a New Narrative: Collaborative and Effective Evaluation in Tribal Communities

This video describes historical experiences of intrusive research and judgmental evaluations that have caused harm to many American Indian and…

NCWWI Cultural Responsiveness Disproportionality Reference List

This comprehensive reference list includes a compilation of papers, reports, peer-reviewed journal articles and other relevant resources addressing Cultural Responsiveness…

The Alaska Child Welfare Disproportionality Reduction Project: Strategies for Success

This five part documentary showcases the Alaska implementation project and the significant gains that have been achieved in State –…

Engaging Tribes: FRIENDS Online Learning Center Course

This course, narrated by American Indians, consist of four modules designed to provide users information and resources on the historical…

Curriculum for the Worker Factors in the Overrepresentation of African Americans in the Child Welfare System Research Project

This curriculum outlines five modules to address the issue of overrepresentation of African Americans in child welfare, and provides materials…

Family Reunification Among Mexican and Vietnamese Immigrant Children in the Child Welfare System: Toward an Understanding of Promising Practices to Improve Service Availability and Effectiveness

This study examines family reunification among Mexican and Vietnamese immigrant and non-immigrant children and identifies promising practices to improve service…

A Social Worker's Tool Kit for Working With Immigrant Families - A Child Welfare Flowchart

The flowchart illustrates how and when immigration issues may arise during the chronology of a child welfare case, beginning at…

A Roadmap for Collaborative and Effective Evaluation in Tribal Communities

The guide identifies values and priorities that can foster trust and build the knowledge and skills of Tribes, their evaluation…

Race Equity Review: Findings from a Qualitative Analysis of Racial Disproportionality & Disparity for African American Children & Families in Michigan’s Child Welfare System

This study examines racial disproportionality and disparity, specifically why, after substantiation of child abuse or neglect, are African-American children likely…

Working with Immigrant Children & Families, A Practice Model: Trainer’s Guide (Georgia)

This training helps social services staff address cultural and language barriers, provide culturally competent practices and service delivery, and engage…

Structured Decision Making® Risk Assessment: Does It Reduce Racial Disproportionality in Washington’s Child Welfare System?

This report provides a brief description of structured decision-making (SDM) and its implementation in Washington State, describing research findings regarding…

Racial Disproportionality in Wisconsin's Child Welfare System

This report examines disproportionality of African American and American Indian children in Wisconsin's child welfare system. The authors review data,…

Disproportionality & Disparities in Oregon’s Child Welfare System - County Level Analysis of Administrative Data: Multnomah County

This report analyzes nine key decision points in the child welfare system in Multnomah County, Oregon, in order to investigate…

Culturally Competent Practice with Latino Families (Georgia)

This training curricula provides participants with an introduction to the basic concepts of culturally competent practice, and specific skills and…

Child Welfare’s Response to Diversity (North Carolina)

This issue of Practice Notes discusses the growing racial and ethnic diversity of the United States and subsequent challenges for…

Child Welfare Practice in a Multicultural Environment: California Common Core Curricula for Child Welfare Workers, Competencies and Learning Objectives

This document offers a brief overview of the competencies, outcomes and learning objectives of the California Common Core Curricula for…

Addressing Disproportionality of Minorities in the Iowa Child Welfare System

This Executive Summary document serves to provide a brief introduction to the issues, data, and next steps for a statewide…

Building a Culturally Responsive Workforce: The Texas Model for Undoing Disproportionality & Disparities in Child Welfare

This session, the eighth session in What Works for the Workforce: Leadership Competencies in Action –highlights a collection of strategies…

Addressing Disproportionality in the Child Welfare System: What State Policymakers Should Know

This webcast, hosted by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices, discusses the disproportional representation of minorities in the…

Leadership Academy for Supervisors (LAS) Take The Lead Series: Diversity Leadership Strategies

Supervisors have a key role to play in promoting cultural responsiveness and leveraging diversity. This one hour module offers concrete…

Introduction to Cultural Responsiveness: A Training Tool

This document is a guide for facilitators using the CBCAP PowerPoint presentation Introduction to Cultural Responsiveness: A Training Tool as…

Evidence-Based Practice in Child Welfare in the Context of Cultural Competence

These six self-study modules aim to enhance understanding and thinking on issues related to cultural competence, child welfare, and evidence-based…

Cultural Humility in Child Welfare Practice

This webcastprovides a case-based, self-reflective and interactive training curriculum, helping child welfare staff to learn from the diverse people with…

Building Bridges: A Guide to Planning and Implementing Cross-Service Training

This guide outlines a training program for service providers in the specific needs of refugee families, with an emphasis on…

Staff Retention in Child & Family Services: Working with Differences (Wkbk 3)

This training aims to increase child and family service agencies' effectiveness in developing and retaining their staff by applying information…

Race Matters Toolkit

This toolkit was designed to help decision-makers, advocates, and elected officials get better results in their work by providing equitable…

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Guide for Using the Cultural and Linguistic Competence Policy Assessment Instrument

This guide provides step-by-step instructions on how to conduct an organizational self-assessment process and is a companion to The Cultural…

Positioning Public Child Welfare Guidance: Disparity & Disproportionality

This guidance defines racial and ethnic disparities and disproportionality, and discusses the relationship between the two within the field of…

Cultural and Linguistic Competence Policy Assessment (CLCPA)

This assessment tool concentrates on the cultural competence of community health centers and aims to (1) improve health care access…

Cultural & Linguistic Competence Family Organization Assessment

This assessment tool supports family-focused organizations to: (1) plan for and incorporate culturally and linguistically competent policies, structures, and practices…

A Guide to Planning & Implementing Cultural Competence Organization Self-Assessment

This document offers guidelines to inform organizational self-assessment in cultural competence, specifically, it presents a rationale for organizational self-assessment, essential…

Culturally Competent Systems of Care: NCWWI 1-page Summary

This paper summarizes the article, “Culturally Competent Systems Of Care with Latino Children and Families”,  which describes an evaluation of…

Cultural Competence: NCWWI 1-page Summary

This document summarizes the article “Beyond Cultural Competence: What Child Protection Managers Need to Know and Do” which addresses issues…

Executive Summary: 4th National Incidence Study of Child Abuse & Neglect (NIS-4)

This executive summary reports the findings from the Fourth National Incidence Study of Child Abuse and Neglect (NIS–4) and discusses…
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