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Capacity Building


The Center for States is committed to promoting racial equity, recognizing intersectionality, and reducing disparities for children, youth, and families of color in child welfare.

To support child welfare agencies in advancing equity, the Center for States offers products and events that encourage ongoing conversations, share promising practices, and promote action steps. The Center partners with states and jurisdictions in examining data, assessing organizational needs, and developing strategies to address disproportionality and disparities among populations that have been marginalized. By pairing racial equity principles with change and implementation approaches, the Center helps child welfare audiences take intentional steps toward more equitable programs and practices. Throughout its products and services, the Center emphasizes diversity and inclusion, recognizes intersectionality, and raises the voices of youth and families with lived expertise.

Recognizing that this work requires ongoing learning and adaptation, the Center is on its own journey to explore racial equity issues and identify areas for improvement.​

Learn more about the Center's effort to advance racial equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Watch the ADA video and additional resources.

While advancing racial equity, diversity, and inclusion is a common thread that runs throughout the Center’s work, this page highlights some focused resources with strategies to support child welfare professionals in addressing racial equity at state and local levels.



Consider ways to be intentional about advancing race equity while implementing new child welfare programs and practices.

CBX Article

Find strategies to embed cultural humility into child welfare practice and support dialogue and reflection to better understand the multifaceted identities of families receiving child welfare services.

Advancing Racial Equity in Child Welfare: Child Welfare Virtual Expo (CWVE) 2021

Explore strategies to advance racial equity in child welfare presented by families and youth with lived expertise and other national experts. Pair videos with the related discussion guide to prompt learning and reflection on racial inequities and develop plans to put ideas into action.