Combating Oppression, Striving for Justice
On January 27, 2009, The Center for Juvenile Justice Reform in partnership with Chapin Hall released Racial And Ethnic Disparity and Disproportionality in Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice: A Compendium. Here are a few brief excerpts...
Among the quotes pointing to the need for joint efforts across systems:
Joyce James, Assistant Commissioner for Child and Protective Services, Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, said it this way: “The data and research that the University did convinced me that this was not an issue that child protective services could tackle alone. And it wasn’t just our problem. It would require a community response as well as a response from other family- and child-serving systems that would be absolutely necessary if we were going to make any progress.”
Michael Ware, Director of Family Services for Self Enhancement, Inc., based in Portland, Oregon, said, “If you’re really going to solve this problem, you need to be involved in all these systems…In order to deal with disproportionality, you have to have all systems working.”
Some excerpts regarding prevention:
As Ms. Brown stated, “[The] current child welfare funding structure in which the proportion of federal funds that is dedicated to payments for children in foster care compared with that that is available for prevention or diversion didn’t help localities and states address these issues.” The federal government should increase the funding available for prevention efforts in both child welfare and juvenile justice. This would allow states and localities to “go upstream” and address potential problems through early supports, interventions, and diversion programs, rather than wait until problems result in children being taken from their parents’ care or committing delinquent acts and becoming entangled in the juvenile justice system.
As the authors of the Chapin Hall paper state, “The work to improve outcomes for children and youth from overrepresented groups is inseparable from other efforts to foster community and family well-being” (Chapin Hall Center for Children, 2008). This issue was commented upon by a number of symposium attendees as well. For example, Marsha Wickliffe, a consultant for Annie E. Casey’s Family to Family Initiative stated, “We need to get upstream, which means that we have to address the lack of wealth and good jobs, because we can do the best we can do with our systems but until we address people having real jobs that…lift them out of poverty, we’re just…doing the same thing over and over again.”
Download the complete compendium here.
Developed for Casey Family Programs, Seattle, Washington.
Developed by: Jemmott Rollins Group, Inc., Los Angeles, California, April 2007
This supplement is a tool to:
Supplement: Undoing Racism (TM) workshops, developed for Casey Family Programs, Seattle Washington by Jemmott Rollins Group, Inc., Los Angeles, California. April 2007.
This supplement is a tool to:
• Revisit and refresh the workshop content;
• Provide tools for supervision, coaching, managing and training others;
• Offer suggestions for initiating reform efforts in the back-home work setting; and
• Provide exercises and worksheets to strengthen skills in using the content.