Addressing Disproportionality in Texas. A Committed Community Collaboration Presented by: Carolyne Rodriguez, Director of Texas State Strategy, Casey Family Programs Deborah Green, Texas Child Protective Services Disproportionality Initiative Lead. Objectives for Today.
A Committed Community Collaboration
Carolyne Rodriguez, Director of Texas State Strategy, Casey Family Programs
Deborah Green, Texas Child Protective Services Disproportionality Initiative Lead
In May of 2004, Casey Family Programs and DFPS entered a collaborative relationship, committed to concentrating resources and energy to establish an intensive planning and implementation process to reduce disproportionality in the Texas child welfare system.
Texas was chosen in part because of:
Children First, Safe and Secure!
The Child Protective Services (CPS) program of DFPS is designated to receive alleged reports of child maltreatment and to investigate reports of suspected abuse and neglect. The total child population for the state of Texas in 2005 is estimated at 6,277,205.
Goal: To ensure child safety and to provide services that promote the integrity and stability of the family.
CPS is committed to addressing disproportionality through its vision of Children First, Safe and Secure, and ensuring alignment with CPS values of respect, integrity, inclusiveness, commitment, and compassion.
Disproportionality is a systemic issue, involving multiple systems; it is not solely a CPS problem.
To reduce, and ultimately to prevent, the disproportionate representation of and disparate outcomes for African-American children in the child welfare system.
*American Indian/Alaska Native category does not include youth in Tribal Custody.
Sources: Census Data (2000); AFCARS Data (September 30, 2000)
“Cowardice asks the question, is it safe?
Expediency asks the question, is it polite?
Vanity asks the question, is it popular?
But conscience asks the question, is it right?
And there comes a time when one must take a position that is
neither safe, nor polite, nor popular
– but one must take it because it is right.”
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.