Racial Equity

CSC and our community are committed to all children and families in Broward thriving. In order for this to occur ongoing structural racism and implicit bias need to be disrupted and transformed to create the conditions for prosperity and well-being.

Our Initiative in Action

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 comprise about 30 percent of the total population. Racial disparities exist across all child-serving systems. The goal of the racial equity initiative is to eliminate these racial disparities.

To work toward this goal, more than 3,000 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. Since 2016, Racial Equity trainings co-funded by the CSC graduated 1048 individuals, including 200 youth participating in CSC funded programs.

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.

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Our organization provides leadership, advocacy and resources to enhance the lives of the children of Broward County and empower them to become responsible, productive adults.

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Family Strengthening
General Population | Children's Harbor

In-home parenting education provided once per week by Bachelor’s or Master’s level staff using the Nurturing Parenting Program (NPP) curriculum and/or the Circle of Security Model to serve families at risk of abuse and neglect.
Primary POC: Shaquoia Richardson | srichardson@childrensharbor.org | 954-252-3072 ext. 151

Family Strengthening
General Population | Henderson Behavioral Health

Intensive, in-home therapeutic program provided for up to 10 hours per week by highly-trained Multi-Systemic Therapy Master’s level clinicians to serve families with youth at risk of delinquency or youth with a history of delinquent behavior.
Primary POC: Farah Lavasseur | flavasseur@hendersonbh.org | 954-735-4530 ext. 141

Family Strengthening
General Population | JAFCO

Intensive, in-home therapeutic program provided for up to 10 hours per week by highly-trained Multi-Systemic Therapy Master’s level clinicians to serve families with youth at risk of delinquency or youth with a history of delinquent behavior.
Primary POC: Trahern LaFavor | trahern@jafco.org

Family Strengthening
General Population | Memorial Healthcare System

In-home therapy provided weekly by Master’s level clinicians using Solutions Focused Brief Therapy and/or the Circle of Security parenting model. Services include case management, life skills training, parenting groups and father-focused groups to families with youth ages 0-18 years old.
Maryssa St. Fort | mstfort@mhs.net | 954-276-0867
Primary POC: Kristel Vallejo | kvallejo@mhs.net | 954-276-0831

Family Strengthening
General Population | Memorial Healthcare System Teen Reach

In-home bi-weekly teen parenting services, ages 19 or younger, that will use a combination of evidence-based models such as Wraparound Case Management; Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT); EFT Tapping; Nurturing Parenting Program and (NPP)/Nurturing Fathers (NF); and Life Skills Training (LST).
Primary POC: Christine Coronado | Chcoronado@mhs.net

Family Strengthening
General Population | Pace Center for Girls Broward

Family Counseling program for families in crisis and/or at risk of child abuse and neglect with a minimum of one adolescent girl between the ages of 8-17 years old living within the family.
Primary POC: Megan Coker Scott | Megan.Coker@PaceCenter.org | 954-561-6939 ext. 3832

The Faces of CSC

The impact Future Prep had on Sarah fomented her desire to give back to her community. Today, she is a Counselor for Memorial’s CSC-funded Youth Force program, helping other young people gain confidence and determine their own path for the future.
This program has touched me and made a difference in my life.
Thanks to the Children’s Services Council and the YMCA of Broward County, students have an opportunity to give a voice to issues that are important to them.