Child Welfare Virtual Expo 2021

Advancing Racial Equity in Child Welfare
Thursday, September 23, 2021

The Child Welfare Virtual Expo (CWVE) is an annual one-day event sponsored by the Children's Bureau and the Capacity Building Center for States.

On Thursday, September 23, the CWVE brought together over 1,000 child welfare professionals from federal, state, and local organizations across the country to engage in online activities, discussions, and skill building activities that provided information, explored strategies, and offered innovative ideas and action steps to support strengthening racial equity at child welfare agencies.

Sessions at the 2021 CWVE helped increase knowledge and understanding of race-related challenges in child welfare, presented strategies to help agencies advance racial equity in child welfare, and offered practical examples to authentically engage youth, families, and organizational partners and integrate lived expertise to reduce inequality and disparities Session topics included:

  • Current and historical inequities in child welfare
  • Strategies for reducing implicit bias and eliminating its impact on decision-making in child welfare
  • Approaches to using data and evaluation to identify and address inequity and disparities in child welfare
  • Actionable steps for engaging youth, families, and communities of color to work together to develop equitable policies

Recorded sessions and related resources will be made available online in the coming weeks. Check the CWVE website for details.

The organizational partners for this year's CWVE were:

Continuing education units (CEUs) are available for those who attended the 2021 CWVE on September 23.

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Interested in Learning More About Past CWVE Topics?

Archived sessions from previous Child Welfare Virtual Expos are available on through the Center for States website:

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