There are many opportunities to contribute to this effort. Leaders in the African American community who speak out in support of these efforts are making powerful statements to children and families in the child welfare system and to their communities. Partnerships with the Alabama-Coushatta, Ysleta del Sur Pubelo, and Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas are ongoing.

Building awareness and sensitivity in communities across Texas is an important aspect of finding solutions to disproportionality. The Legislature directed CPS to develop collaborative community partnerships "to provide culturally competent services to children and families of every race and ethnicity." Disproportionality Advisory Committees now operate in every region of the State. The advisory committees use a co-leadership model to facilitate Town Hall meetings, increase awareness of disparities in child welfare, and hold our public systems accountable.

Additional Resources

Department of Family and Protective Services Reports:

Other Resources: