are some of the accomplishments of the disproportionality
work that has occurred in Louisville KY (Jefferson Service
Region) since the Kentucky Department for Community Based
Services (DCBS) began their collaboration with Casey Family
Programs in September 2005:
Region has implemented a county wide public awareness campaign
on racial disproportionality in child welfare.
Racism workshops are delivered monthly in our county by
the Peoples Institute.
DCBS is working with the Peoples Institute on developing
an Undoing Racism type of training for KY-that would replace
our current cultural diversity training.
of Social Work in KY are in ongoing meetings with our Cabinet
to employ the principles of anti-racist work in their curriculums
for child welfare. Kentucky DCBS is using the leverage of
our training programs/contracts within these universities
to help make this happen.
school of Social Work delivered 2 courses on disproportionality
in child welfare for the community.
DCBS has composed a statewide strategic plan to make disproportionality
an office under the supervision of a Cabinet Undersecretary
in our Central Office.
is a local disproportionality team that meets monthly in
our county who oversees all disproportionality work in our
county. This team is composed of many of the key community
partners in Jeffersons child welfare system.
Region developed a relationship with a local advertising
agency who designs messaging for our disproportionality
work. The owner of the agency even attended an Undoing Racism
WS so she could better understand the work.
Jefferson Regions plans/work goals have been based
on giving staff and community partners a racial equity lens
to use in their work in child welfare.
Region now requires most of our in home service providers
to report their outcomes by race. Their contracts require
them to help us reach our goal about lowering our number
of minority children in care.
Region is planning a community wide forum this October about
race and child welfare. We are using Annie E. Casey Family
to Family funds to present this forum.
Region DCBS now asks interview questions about race and
poverty for all new entry level Social Worker positions.
Dr. Carol Wilson Spigner Presentations
at the 10-9-07 Race, Community and Child Welfare Conference
and Quotes from Undoing Racism Workshop Participants
Family Programs Focus on Foster Care