This list of resources supports child welfare staff and leaders as they confront implicit bias, implement system changes, and work to achieve racial equity within their organizations and across systems. The nine categories contain tools, guides, assessments, and curricula which are used to increase understanding, facilitate dialogue, deliver training, analyze current policies, and implement sustainable strategies. If there are any resources we can help you find or you have resources to add to this collection, please contact Sharon Kollar at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Data & Analysis

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 approach to get beyond dialogue to action for addressing disproportionality of minorities in the Iowa child welfare system. (2009)

Addressing Implicit Bias in the Child Welfare System
This presentation outlines disparities throughout the process (i.e, referral & investigation, substantiation, removal & out-of-home placement), impact of implicit bias, and tools to measure racial disproportionality and disparity and implicit bias

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 how the W. Haywood Burns Institute and the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Social Policy use disaggregated data on race and ethnicity to improve the lives of children and communities. The Kirwan and Burns examples illustrate why the collection, analysis and use of race and ethnicity data should be an integral part of any strategy, initiative or legislative agenda affecting children, families and communities. (2016)

Data Strategies: Measuring Racial Disparities in Child Welfare
This webinar helps agency leaders, managers and data staff identify at which decision points children of different races experience inequitable outcomes, and measure the effectiveness of improvement efforts. (2016)

Dismantling Racial Inequity #3: A Data-Driven Approach to Improving Outcomes for Black Girls in Child Welfare
This webinar is the third session of "Dismantling Racial Inequity Through Child Welfare Systems Change" webinar series  highlights how Allegheny County Department of Human Services uses data to inform child welfare practice and address the racial disproportionality that exists along the child welfare continuum. (2017)

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 disproportionality and racial disparities. (2009).

Disproportionality Rates for Children of Color in Foster Care: Technical Assistance Bulletin
This Bulletin, released June 2015, utilizes (2013) Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) data and 2013 census population estimates data to calculate current disproportionality indexes for the nation, every state, and Washington, D.C. The Bulletin makes comparisons between 2000 and 2013 disproportionality rates to illustrate changes that have occurred in the last decade regarding overrepresentation of children of color in the foster care system. African American and Native American disproportionality rates are illustrated in color coded maps demonstrate trends over time. (2015) 

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 compares how children are progressing on key milestones across racial and ethnic groups at the national and state levels, and makes four policy recommendations to help ensure that all children and their families realize their full potential. (2014)

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 to reduce racial disparities in Wisconsin. (2014)

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 understanding of the depth and breadth of the racial disparities that differentiate the white and black experience in Dane County, Wisconsin. (2013)

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 can assist child welfare administrators, program managers, and policymakers with addressing these issues in general and at specific decision points in the child welfare process (e.g., prevention, reporting, investigation, service provision, out-of-home care, permanency). Examples of State and local initiatives that address disproportionality also are highlighted. (2016)

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, research on theories of racial disproportionality in the child welfare system and efforts by organizations and jurisdictions around the country to reduce disproportionality. The report features promising practices that include further analysis of child welfare data, creation of an action committee, and development of an action plan. (2009) 

Racial Equity Child Welfare Data Analysis Tool State of The Science: Implicit Bias Review
This publication highlights new academic literature through the lenses of five main domain areas: criminal justice, health and health care, employment, education, and housing. Accompanying these five content areas is a discussion of the latest research-based strategies for mitigating the influence of implicit biases, assessments, measurements, as well as a recognition of major contributions that expand beyond these domain-specific boundaries.

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 operationalize data-driven strategies to address racial disparities in the state’s child welfare system, why data is a significant component of their efforts and how the entire agency came to adopt a racial justice lens. (2016)