​​Reflecting on Racial Equity and the Child Welfare Workforce Discussion Guide​

Use this discussion guide with the "Reflecting on Racial Equity and the Child Welfare Workforce" video to facilitate team discussions about your agency’s current practice and opportunities to take action. 

Publication year: 2023
Capacity Building Center for States


This discussion guide can be used to prepare for and facilitate team discussions about the connections between racial equity and child welfare practice. First, view the video and reflect individually on the questions and then have a team discussion. Use the resources for action in the guide to help move toward meaningful and equitable changes in practice.

Take steps to prepare for conversations about racial equity: 

  • Learn more about racial equity terms, definitions, and concepts. Use the Center’s Diversity, Racial Equity, and Inclusion in Child Welfare: Terms and Definitions as a starting point and tool to use with your team to align language. 
  • Focus on the impact of your words and the intent of others’ words. 
  • Be willing to sit with discomfort.  
  • Understand that resolution is not always possible. 

Check out the guide for more tips, suggestions, reflection questions, and resources to take action. 

Visit the Racial Equity Reflection Videos series page to learn more.

Suggested Citation

Capacity Building Center for States. (2023). Reflecting on racial equity and the child welfare workforce discussion guide. Children’s Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 

This material may be freely reproduced and distributed. However, when doing so, please credit the Capacity Building Center for States. 

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