Racial Equity

In FY 2017/18, Racial Equity trainings co-funded by the CSC graduated 1048 individuals, including 200 youth participating in CSC funded programs.

Our Initiative in Action

To work toward this goal, more than 1,600 partners have been trained in the local history of racism and how the racial segregation set up under Jim Crow laws and attitudes still persists in our community. Included in this training is the research from the Kirwan Institute on how bias shows up in education, health care, criminal justice and employment practices and decision making.

As a result of this foundational education and understanding, the Children’s Services Council of Broward County (CSC) has begun implementing strategies to decrease racism and increase racial equity. We have implemented a diverse array of approaches to change ourselves, our programs and our communities due to our commitment that all children grow up to become responsible, productive adults.

None of the racial equity work we are doing would be possible without a shared understanding of the history of racism in our community and country, common language to talk about structural racism and racial bias, and leadership to provide resources and room to make the changes. We are learning how racism across education, law enforcement, criminal justice, employment and other parts of our community systems play a role in producing disparate treatment and life outcomes based on perceived skin color.

Broward County is home to more than 400,000 children and the sixth-largest school district in the United States. Since 2000, when the CSC was created by voters to fund after-school, diversion and family strengthening programs among others, the number of youth arrests in Broward has decreased from more than 13,400 a year to just over 4,400 a year. The percent of black youth being arrested, however, went from 53 percent in 2005-6 to 75 percent in 2016-17. Black youth only comprise about 30 percent of the total population.

The CSC funds nearly $80 million in services and supports for children and families in Broward County.

CSC Provider & Staff Reflections and Suggested Solutions

  • Substance abuse, mental health, food insecurity, housing stress trump programming effectiveness
  • Training case managers to effectively connect families to services including (1) dealing with the high turnover of staff in case manager positions; (2) systematically identifying service gaps; (3) expand use of One E APP; (4) deal with changing eligibility requirements
  • Address waitlist for afterschool programs
  • Need legislation around youth with delinquency records
  • Support private sector job pipelines for high wage jobs
  • Increase effectiveness of 211 – a mobile app for services

 

Racial Equity By Children's Services Council

 

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Earned Income Tax Credit | HandsOn Broward
954-233-1296

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a federal anti-poverty program that provides financial assistance for working families. In 2002, the Children’s Services Council began promoting EITC through a county-wide public awareness campaign. Since then, over $500 million have been returned to Broward residents. Many low-income EITC recipients file their returns for free at Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites, and a mobile team that serves Broward residents.

Primary POC: Kathy Wint | kathy@handsonbroward.org

Earned Income Tax Credit | Hispanic Unity of Florida
954-342-0424

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a federal anti-poverty program that provides financial assistance for working families. In 2002, the Children’s Services Council began promoting EITC through a county-wide public awareness campaign. Since then, over $500 million have been returned to Broward residents. Many low-income EITC recipients file their returns for free at Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites, and a mobile team that serves Broward residents.

Primary POC: Ingrid Ekblad | iekblad@hispanicunity.org

FatherhoodMentorship Program | Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Broward County
954-765-0550

Bi-weekly program serving fathers who want to improve their connections with their children. Services include educational groups, and case-management using an evidence-based parenting curriculum “24/7 Dad”, counseling and support groups, and family-building activities.

Primary POC: Ron Osborne-Williams | r.williams@hmhbbroward.org | 954-765-0550 ext. 337

Financially Assisted Child Care Services | Early Learning Coalition of Broward County
954-377-2188

This program provides subsidized child care for low-income families residing in Broward County based on income eligibility. The intent of this program is to prevent child abuse and neglect; assist families in becoming or remaining economically self-sufficient; and prepare preschool-aged children to enter school ready to learn.

Foster Care & Adoption | Forever Family
954-303-5802

Weekly segments on the NBC-6 local news feature Broward children in need of a permanent, caring home. On occasion, Forever Family will highlight related issues, such as foster parentrecruitment, Guardian ad Litem recruitment, and foster/relative care youth transitioning to independent living.

Primary POC: Gia Tutalo-Mote | gia.foreverfamily@gmail.com

Foster Care & Adoption | Heart Gallery of Broward
954-918-3008

A traveling exhibit of professional portraits and biographies of children available for adoption. The photographic and kiosk-based gallery is displayed in many public places, such as shopping centers and libraries that can reach hundreds of prospective parents.

Primary POC: Yvette DuBose | yvette@heartgalleryofbroward.org

General Population | Camelot Community Care
954-958-0988

Intensive, therapeutic program using the best practice model, Functional Family Therapy (FFT). In-home services, provided by highly-trained Master’s level clinicians, serve families with youth ages 10-18 at risk of delinquency or youth with a history of delinquent behavior.

Primary POC: Resha Burton | rfburton@camelotcommunitycare.org

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