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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Education & Training

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 coordination of services among public child welfare agencies, refugee-servicing agencies, and refugee community associations. The guide reinforces the concept of establishing mechanisms of ongoing communication and collaboration among all service providers through cross-service training, with the ultimate goal of creating and sustaining a comprehensive continuum of care for the refugee population. (2003)

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 become more competent in understanding disparities by race, ethnicity and culture. (2014)

Child Abuse Characteristics and Patterns among Cambodian, Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese American Families
This curriculum strives to meet the core competencies as outlined by the California Social Work Education Center (CalSWEC), to provide child welfare and social workers with the information to serve their clients with basic practices that are ethnically sensitive and multicultural in scope. (2006)

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 Child Welfare Workers. (2011)

Child Welfare Practice in a Multicultural Environment: A Core Class for New Child Welfare Workers
This presentation facilitates self-reflection and openness to cultural differences on the part of child welfare workers and to assist the worker in applying this material to work with individuals and families in child welfare. (2009)

Child Welfare Training Curricula for Staff Working with Refugees & Immigrant
This webpage, provided by Bridging Refugee Youth and Children’s Services (BRYCS), offers various workshops, trainings, and curricula for staff working with refugee and immigrant children and families.

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 including historical context, current statistics, theories, research findings, and strengths-based materials on African Americans to support and encourage cultural competency and social and cultural justice in practice. (2010)

Dismantling Racial Inequity #5: Strengthening Our Efforts Through Partnerships with Academia
This webinar is the fifth session of "Dismantling Racial Inequity Through Child Welfare Systems Change" webinar series and focuses on New York State's work with local counties, in collaboration with the University at Albany, on race equity and cultural responsiveness and proposes that a partnership with local colleges and universities be considered as part of a promising strategy to address, reduce, and ultimately eliminate race-based disparities in child welfare and other systems.

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 others.  This short 7 minute module, also explores two situational factors that affect our ever-changing sense of cultural identities: saliency and intersectionality. (2016)

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 provides an overview of the ways we can learn from the people with whom we interact, reserving judgment, and bridging the cultural divide between our perspectives. (2016)

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 experiences of the tribes, its impact on the children and families, and the importance of engaging tribes in practice. The last module addresses specific strategies for effectively engaging tribes and overcoming barriers that might be encountered. 

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 a guide for instruction and discussion about: (a) what cultural competence is and why it is important, (b) how to evaluate individual and organizational cultural competence, and (c) how to begin to develop cultural competence and create means to ensure ongoing success. (2014)

Knowing Who You Are (KWYA)
This training designed to raise awareness about the importance developing a healthy sense of racial and ethnic identity (REI). It helps child welfare professionals explore race and ethnicity, preparing them to support the healthy development of racial and ethnic identity of youth in care. (2010) 

Knowing Who You Are: Helping Youth in Care Develop Their Racial and Ethnic Identity
This video provides the catalyst for inspiring courageous conversations and ultimately helping youth in care develop a healthy perspective and vision about their racial and ethnic identity. (2005) 
Viewer’s Guide - http://www.casey.org/media/KnowingWhoYouAre_ViewerGuide.pdf

LAS Take the Lead: Diversity Leadership Strategies
This module presents the framework of cultural humility to promote recognition and valuing of cultural differences and includes concrete strategies for supervisors to use at the interpersonal and agency level. (2012)

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 progress on racial equity following participation in Undoing RacismTM Workshops. (2016)

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 from research and best retention practices. (2007)

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 unique relationship among women of color and White women. (2014)

The Challenge of Sustaining Cultural and Linguistic Competence
This brief provides advocates and experts interested in garnering support for policies that would prevent or remediate disparities with a communications roadmap of how best to get there. (2009)

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 the community. (2009)