Racial Equity Resources

The following resources are compiled from the 2019 Symposium on Racial Equity.


Keynote by Corey Best
Keynote by Corey Best

View Select Slides from the Keynote presentation on Day 1

CSC Broward
CSC Broward

View presentation by one of the Institute's Racial Equity Grant Recipients.

Child and Family Studies
USF Child and Family Studies

View presentation by one of the Institute's Racial Equity Grant Recipients.





Working with African American Adoptive, Foster and Kinship Families





Culture Matters: The Need for Black Foster Families




American Public Health Association (APHA)

Creating the Healthiest Nation: Advancing Health Equity




Annie E. Casey Foundation

Measuring Disparities in Child Welfare Systems: Five Lessons




Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) Center for Population Health Strategies

Guidance for Integrating Health Equity Language into Funding Announcements




Center for Social Inclusion (CSI)

Reframing Food Hubs: Food Hubs, Racial Equity, and Self-Determination in the South

https:ljwww.centerforsocialinclusion.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Reframing-Food-Hubs-Report-by-Dara- Cooper-for-Race-Forward-and-Center-for-Social-lnclusion.pdf



Center for the Study of Social Policy

Achieving Racial Equity




Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH)

REACH is a national program administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to reduce racial and ethnic health disparities.




Child Welfare Information Gateway

Cultural Competence




Racial Disproportionality and Disparity in Child Welfare





Florida Institute for Child Welfare

Journal article summaries on Racial Bias




Government Alliance on Race & Equity

Racial Equity Core Teams - The Engines of Institutional Change

https://www.racialeguityalliance.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/RaceForward CORETeamsToolGuide Final.pdf




Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA)

HRSA'S Office of Health Equity Report (2017)





Minnesota Department of Human Service

A practice guide for working with African American families in the child welfare system





National Center for Youth Law

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






National Child Welfare Workforce Institute (NCWII)
NCWWI’s purpose is to increase child welfare practice effectiveness through diverse partnerships that focus on workforce systems development, organizational interventions, and change leadership, using data-driven capacity building, education, and professional development. The following are some of their resources on racial inequity in child welfare.


National Webinar Series: Dismantling Racial Inequity through Child Welfare Systems Change



In 2017-2018 NCWWI co-hosted a 6-part webinar series with the Center for the Study of Social Policy that featured workforce and organizational development stories and strategies to achieve racial equity. Click the links below to access the webinar recordings and supporting materials.

  1. Using an Institutional Analysis to Identify Core Issues and Spur Change
  2. Community Collaboration & Grassroots Effort (Cross-systems & Tribal Partnerships)
  3. A Data-Driven Approach to Improving Outcomes for Black Girls in Child Welfare
  4. Slow and Steady Wins the RACE of Child Welfare Equity
  5. Strengthening Our Efforts Through Partnerships with Academia
  6. Sustaining Racial Equity Improvements in Child Welfare


Promoting Racial Equity through Workforce and Organizational Actions



Racial Equity


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 following 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.

1.   Culturally Responsive Child Welfare Practice

2.   Data and Analysis

3.   Discussion Guides

4.   Education and Training

5.   Evaluation and Outcomes

6.   Implementation Guides

7.   Institutional Analysis

8.   Organizational & Self Assessments

9.   Resources From Other Systems




North American Council on Adoptable Children

Finding African American Families for Foster Children: Tips for Workers & Agencies





Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion HealthyPeople.Gov

The Healthy People 2020 Social Determinants of Health





Race Forward - The Center for Racial Justice Innovation

Clocking-In: Making Work That Works for All of Us

https://clockingin.raceforward.org/sites/default/files/downloads/Clockingln HowToGuide EN O.pdf




Saint Paul Minnesota Public Library

Resources on Race Videos - Videos exploring race in the United States





Social Worker Magazine

Why Develop a Culturally Sensitive Approach to Social Work With African American Clients?





U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) in Health and Health Care






W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Racial Equity Resource Guide





Youth Today

How We Found More Black Foster Parents and Confronted the Racial Disparity in Foster Care





Journal Articles on Racial Equity in Child Welfare


Jessica Pryce, Wonhyung Lee, Elizabeth Crowe, Daejun Park, Mary McCarthy& Greg Owens (2018): A case study in public child welfare: county-level practices that address racial disparity in foster care placement, Journal of Public Child Welfare. https://doi.org/10.1080/15548732.2018.146735


King, B., Fallon, B., Boyd, R., Black, T., Antwi-Boasiako, K., & O’Connor, C. (2017). Factors associated with racial differences in child welfare investigative decision-making in Ontario, Canada. Child Abuse & Neglect, 73, 89-105.


Berrick, J.D., & Boyd, R. (2016). Financial well-being in family-based foster care: Exploring variation in income supports for kin and non-kin caregivers in California. Children and Youth Services Review, 69, 166-173.


Boyd, R. (2014). African American disproportionality and disparity in child welfare: Toward a comprehensive conceptual framework. Children and Youth Services Review, 37, 15-27.


Boyd, R. (2014). Psychological theories and low-wage work. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 24(1), 16-25.


Johnson, J., & Henderson, Z. (2018). Social work education and cultural competence: The role of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. In T.F. Boykin, A.A. Hilton, & R.T. Palmer (Eds.), Professional education at Historically Black Colleges and Universities: Past trends and outcomes (pp. 91-102). New York, NY: Routledge.


Henderson, Z. (2017). In their own words: How Black teens define trauma. Journal of Child & Adolescent Trauma, https://doi.org/10.1007/s40653-017-0168-6


Henderson, Z., Acquaye, L., Waites, S., & Howard, T. (2016). Putting principles into practice: Addressing historical trauma, mistrust, and apprehension within Research Methods courses. Journal of Social Work Education, 52(1), 69-78.


Bent-Goodley, T., Henderson, Z., Youmans, L., & St. Vil, C. (2015). The role of men of faith in responding to domestic violence: Focus group themes. Journal of the North American Association of Christians in Social Work, 42(30), 280-295.


Bent-Goodley, T., Henderson, Z., & McFadgion, A. (2014). Domestic violence among African Americans: Strengthening knowledge to inform action. In L. Ross (Ed.), Continuing the war against domestic violence (pp. 67-80). Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.


Henderson, Z. (2013). Reality TV therapy: Implications for mental health stigma and service utilization among African American adolescents. Perspectives on Social Work Journal, 30(2), 50-57.



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