Racial Disproportionality reduced in child welfare systems of Texas and Kentucky! Commissioners and Public Officials tell how!

The People’s Institute For Survival and Beyond invites you to  A Symposium on Reducing Racial Disproportionality and Disparities in the Child Welfare System

Monday, September 21, 2009
9AM to 5PM

Baruch College Mason Hall located at 17 Lexington Avenue enter @ 23rd Street, NYC 10010

*Pre-Registration required $45
6 CEU credits offered- NASWNYS

For information call 914-522-5997
Students enter free with student ID
Registration at the door pending available seating

This event will be audio and live streamed on www.wbaix.org


National leaders will present positive results in statewide efforts to reduce racial disproportionality in foster care.

Highlighted will be the importance of training staff in “undoing racism” to create a workforce committed to antiracist approaches to child protective services.

Ralph Bayard, Senior Director for Systems Improvement /Disproportionality

Casey Family Programs- Seattle Washington

David Billings, CORE Trainer People’s Institute for Survival & Beyond

Ronald Chisom, Executive Director and Co-Founder People’s Institute for Survival & Beyond

Joyce James, Deputy Commissioner    Texas’ Department of Family & Protective Services

Teresa McElroy Parent Advocate Kentucky’s Parents

Campaign for Undoing Racism within Foster Care System

Greg Owens, Director, Special Projects New York State Office of Children and Family Services

Liz Roberts Deputy Commissioner  Family Support Services NYC Administration for Children’s  Services

Jackie Stamps, Service Regional Administrator  Kentucky’s Cabinet for Health and Family Services

Anne Williams Isom, Deputy Commissioner Division of Community & Government Affairs                                               New York City Administration for Children’s Services

Robert Williams, Director Greensboro N. Carolina Guilford County Department of Social Services

Learn how Undoing Racism training helped achieve dramatic results!


Mail your name, number, affiliation and email address along with a check written out to

The People’s Institute in the amount of $45 and mail to:


P.O.BOX 622338, BRONX, NEW YORK 10462

for information call 212-957-5305


The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond will hold a symposium to announce a breakthrough for its undoing racism training in shifting paradigms, shaping attitudes and ultimately practices that reduced the representation of African American and other children of color in foster care.   This forum will detail the positive results of statewide efforts to reduce the racial overrepresentation of children of color in the child welfare systems in Texas and Kentucky.

Disproportionality refers to the disproportionately higher rate of placement and disparity in well-being welfare system, as compared to their numbers in the general population. Disproportionality cannot be simply “explained away” by poverty levels or abuse and neglect statistics among these populations. Disproportionality and disparities can be traced to systemically biased practices that shaped child welfare systems in this country as is true in other systems. We see similar disparities in criminal justice, health care, mental health, homelessness, victims of violent crimes, welfare and special education.

One of the ways to raise both awareness about the issue of disproportionality and disparities for children of color, and to lay the foundation for strategies to mitigate these inequities is found in a workshop entitled Undoing Racism, sponsored by the Peoples Institute for Survival and Beyond. The Institute believes that effective community and institutional change happens when those who are agents of transformation understand the foundations of race and racism and how they continually function as a barrier to positive change.

Please join us to learn more about how the Undoing Racism workshops (www.pisab.org) can assist in the search for better ways to improve opportunities and outcomes for children and families of color impacted by the child welfare system.

Growing List of Symposium Partners:

  • Administration for Children Services- NYC
  • Agenda For Children Tomorrow
  • Andrus Children’s Center
  • AntiRacist Alliance- NYC, Rockland, Westchester and Fairfield Connecticut and New Jersey
  • Association of Black Social Workers, New York City Chapter
  • Baruch College SEEK Transfer Division
  • Black Agency Executives
  • Black Equity Alliance
  • Center for the Study of White American Culture
  • Child Welfare Organizing Project
  • Children’s Aid Society
  • Children’s Defense Fund- New York
  • Coalition for Asian American Children and Families
  • Columbia University School of Social Work
  • Columbia University Community Collaborative Board
  • Council of Family and Child Caring Agencies (COFCCA)
  • Drug Policy Alliance
  • Faith Mission Crisis Center
  • Fordham University, Graduate School of Social Service
  • Foster Parent Advocacy Foundation Inc.
  • Fund For Social Change
  • Guilford County Department of Social Services-North Carolina
  • Human Services Council
  • Hunter School of Social Work
  • James Satterwhite Academy
  • Jewish Board of Children and Family Services
  • Men of Color Collective- PISAB
  • NASW-New York City Chapter
  • NASW-NYS Hudson Valley Division
  • NASW-NYS, Westchester Division
  • New York Social Work Education Consortium
  • North American Family Institute
  • NYS Office of Children and Family Services
  • Reality House
  • The Children’s Village
  • The McSilver Institute for Poverty, Policy and Research at the School of Social Work, NYU
  • The School of Social Welfare, Stony Brook University
  • VCS, Inc.
  • WESPAC Foundation
  • Westchester Children’s Association
  • Westchester County Department of Social Services
  • Westchester Community Opportunity Program, Inc.- WestCOP
  • Westchester County Youth Bureau
  • Westchester Martin Luther King, Jr. Institute for Nonviolence
  • White Plains Youth Bureau
  • W.O.R.T.H. Women on the Rise Telling Her Story
  • Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University
  • YWCA of White Plains & Central Westchester

To have your organization listed as a partnering sponsor call (212) 957-5305.

Partnering Sponsors are committed to sending 10 people to the symposium.

You may make your payment of $450 online http://www.brownpapertickets.com/producer/7092

This event will be audio and livestreamed on www.wbaix.org

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