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Racial inequities, including racial disparity and disproportionality, are pervasive in and endemic to the child welfare system. Focusing on primary prevention, community healing, racial equity, and tribal sovereignty provides an organizing framework that we will also apply to other disproportionately impacted and harmed populations – such as LGBTQ+ children, and families experiencing poverty.  By strengthening a family, tribe, and community’s ability to support itself, we can reduce reliance on biased and resource-challenged child welfare systems to solve problems it is unequipped to solve.

 

The Learning Series is a dynamic and interactive opportunity for Counties to learn from subject matter experts, from one another, from tribal partners, as well as from parents and youth with lived experience to transform and implement innovative prevention-oriented service systems.  It is a resource for local jurisdictions to build accessible, relevant, and integrated prevention pathways and strategies that operate from a lens of hope to keep families and tribes intact and support strong, thriving communities. The series will also provide frameworks for effective community engagement and building healthy community pathways, trauma-informed systems, and culturally derived programming, as well as measurement and reduction of disproportionality in a child welfare context.

 

Who should attend: County Prevention Teams and cross-sector partners, including staff of child welfare agencies, behavioral health agencies, probation, Child Abuse Prevention Councils, community-based service providers, family resource centers, Offices of Education, tribal partners, and parents/youth leaders with lived experience 

 

 

Equity as Context: Attacking Disproportionality Head-On

 

This learning forum was presented on February 1, 2023

 

Pre-Work

  1. Consider your county’s target population and how it currently reflects your community’s needs.
  2. Review the Designing FFPS section of the Implementation Guide (page 7) for specific steps and tools your Prevention Planning Team can use to identify Target Population

Learning Forum Materials & Resources

 

This Learning Forum will shift the conversation from the vision of Family First Prevention Services (FFPS) articulated in your county’s Comprehensive Prevention Plan (CPP) to making the ideas in the plan a reality in local communities. In this first session of the series, we will introduce how and why we will anchor conversations in racial equity and primary and secondary prevention throughout 2023. We will raise important questions for prevention team members to resolve together at the County level, standing shoulder-to-shoulder with community, parent, and youth leaders most impacted by the bias endemic to the child welfare system. In addition, this Forum will describe the criticality of integrating considerations of Racial Equity and Inclusion into all your prevention program designs and provide specific ways in which to do that.

Learners will:

  • Understand the spirit, scope, and sequence of the Learning Series
  • Begin the philosophical shift from planning to implementation
  • Discover how unhealthy communities result in child maltreatment
  • Develop a working understanding of how to include Racial Equity and Inclusion into all prevention programming conversations
  • Understand how to begin local conversations about measurement and targeted reduction of disproportional entry of certain families into the child welfare system

 

Primary Prevention Planning

 

March 2, 2023

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM PST

 

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Before the Learning Forum

  1. Create and bring a list of the formal and informal community leaders in the communities associated with your target population and the plan for how your implementation team might reach out and engage the community.
    • Would CW or Probation do the outreach directly or via another agency or CBO?
    • How would the invitation to engage need to be constructed so as not to perpetuate stigma and implicit bias?

 

The purpose of this session is to bring to life bold and effective community engagement initiatives and the frameworks which undergird them. What does true Primary Prevention look like and how are people going about it? How do communities who have been traditionally underestimated, marginalized, and isolated come to support and elevate themselves and their members without relying on systems? How can systems promote communities and tribes that are self-defined, well, and thriving without the system having to intervene? The session will provide examples of community engagement frameworks that are currently in practice and are showing great results, as defined by the community.

 

Learners will:

  • Explore Community Engagement frameworks, including universal components such as mutual aid and community healing
  • Understand the principles of co-design with communities, which integrate Tribal Sovereignty and Racial Equity & Inclusion (REI)
  • Be able to begin identifying local community leaders and natural supports
  • See the difference between creating partnerships versus “providing grants”
  • Explore funding strategies for primary prevention, including braiding/blending the State Block Grant with other prevention funding

 

Primary Prevention System Implementation

 

April 5, 2023

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM PDT

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Building the Community Pathway I

 

May 3, 2023

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM PDT

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Building the Community Pathway II

 

June 21, 2023

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM PDT

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Secondary Prevention Planning

 

August 2, 2023

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM PDT

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Building a Trauma-Focused Service Delivery System

 

September 7, 2023

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM PDT

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Secondary Prevention System Implementation

 

October 4, 2023

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM PDT

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Wrap-up and Looking Forward to Tertiary System Planning & Implementation in 2024

 

November 1, 2023

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM PDT

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