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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Implementation Guides

3 Tools for Getting Started with the Race Matters Toolkit
This paper introduces three simple tools for starting racial equity work off right. (2006)

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, utilizing eight steps: (1) readiness, (2) community engagement, (3) identification, (4) assessment, (5) intervention, (6) evaluation/continuous quality improvement, (7) replication, and (8) sustainability. (2013)

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 that resulted in improved educational quality and greater success rates for students from traditionally underrepresented populations. (2007)

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 Equity: Calling the Social Work Profession to Action, and an appendix with useful resources for undertaking efforts in agencies, professions and communities to address institutional racism. (2014)

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 Profession to Action, where an interdisciplinary group of participants, including social work stakeholders and race equity experts, worked together to more fully understand the roots and manifestations of institutional and structural racism; and to identify principles, practices, and analysis that can be effective for undoing institutional and structural racism. (2014)

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 detailed policy strategies that have shown promise in reducing disparities and improving outcomes for children and families of, as well as how funds were strategically directed to make these changes. A Race Equity Impact Assessment Tool is also included to help policymakers understand the impact of changes on particular groups. (2015)

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)

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 strategic challenges of making change. (2009)

Developing Culturally Responsive Approaches to Serving Diverse Populations: A Resource Guide for Community-Based Organizations
This guide provides basic information to enhance cultural competence while providing services in American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities. (2009)

Disproportionality Diagnostic Tool
This tool helps users examine disproportionality within their child welfare agency’s jurisdiction, identify gaps, target areas for improvements and highlight agency strengths that can mitigate against disproportionate representation. The tool can be taken by an individual or a group of users within agency. (2008)

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 has provided. GAO interviewed officials from 17 tribes, 11 of which were currently developing Title IV-E programs. 

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 in the county's child welfare system. (2015)

Logic Model Template
This document is a sample logic model worksheet for racial equity and particular issues. (2010)

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)

NAPCWA Disproportionate Representation: Agency Diagnostic
This tool helps agencies examine disproportionality within their jurisdiction, identify gaps in the agency, target areas for improvements and highlight agency strengths that can mitigate against disproportionate representation. (2008) Companion documents: Score Sheet and Instructions

Policy Actions to Reduce Racial Disproportionality & Disparities in Child Welfare: A Scan of Eleven States
This brief identifies eleven States that are directly addressing disproportionality and disparities through public policy measures and provides information about State-initiated legislative policy. (2009)

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 public child welfare. (2010)

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 other organizations that work directly with systems, technical assistance providers and communities. (2015)

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 achieve racial justice within child welfare by eliminating disparities. 
A transcript of the webinar is available here. (2016)

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 American and Latino families faring worse than others being served by the child welfare systems. (2015) 

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 the necessary interim and early outcomes required to reduce racial disparities in jurisdictions, neighborhoods and regions. (2013)

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 – Tribal collaboration, communication, and mutual understanding. The series captures personal perspectives on cultural responsiveness which contributed to system transformation. The series describes the Western and Pacific Child Welfare Implementation Center’s framework for systems change and how it is guiding efforts to reform the Alaska tribal child welfare system. The documentary includes the following topics: Strategies for System Change, Strategies for System Change, Changes in Work Approach, Valuing and Engaging Cultures and Communities, and Understanding Historical Trauma. (2012)