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.
Department of Family and Protective Services Reports
- Disproportionality in Child Protective Services: Updated Results of Statewide Reform Efforts (August 1, 2011)
- Disproportionality in Child Protective Services: The Preliminary Results of Statewide Reform Efforts in Texas (March 25, 2010)
- Disproportionality in Child Protective Services: Policy Evaluation and Remediation (July 1, 2006)
- Disproportionality in Child Protective Services: Statewide Reform Effort Begins With Examination of the Problem (January 2, 2006)
- Out of the Shadows: Supporting LGBTQ Youth in Child Welfare through Cross-System Collaboration
- Texas Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health Statistics and Engagement
- Institute for Family and Child Well Being: This website links to several resources about racial disproportionality in child welfare.
- Minnesota Department of Human Services: This state agency also has many interesting programs aimed at reducing disproportionality.
- Casey Family Programs: This nonprofit agency is deeply involved with Texas reform efforts, including disproportionality, and offers several resources.
- Disproportionality Advisory Committees - statewide calendar of meetings