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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General Population | Children's Harbor
954-252-3072

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

General Population | Children's Home Society of South Florida
954-453-6400

In-home therapy program provided 1-2 times per week by Master’s level staff using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to serve families at risk of abuse and neglect. Case management and parenting education also provided using the NPP curriculum.

Primary POC: Lisa Sciandra | intercoastal.referrals@chsfl.org

General Population | Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services
954-252-6413

In-home counseling, case management and parenting curriculum provided an average of two times per week by Master’s level clinicians using the Family Skill Builders model to serve families at risk of abuse and neglect.

Primary POC: Nadia Balram | nadia.balram@gcjfcs.org

General Population | Henderson Behavioral Health
954-735-4530

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

General Population | JAFCO
954-315-8694

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

General Population | Memorial Healthcare System
954-276-0867

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.

Primary POCs:
Maryssa St. Fort | mstfort@mhs.net | 954-276-0867
Gretchen Haddad | ghaddad@mhs.net | 954-276-0831

HandsOn Broward | Children's Services Council of Broward County
954-233-1295

The Children’s Services Council supports HandsOn Broward as a critical component in Broward’s human services system of care and infrastructure. HandsOn Broward provides year-round volunteer recruitment that bridges individuals and groups to meaningful service opportunities at over 600 nonprofit organizations throughout our community. As a CSC agency capacity building partner, HandsOn supports nonprofit agencies in the search and recruitment of volunteers to enhance service provision.

Primary POC: Dale Mandell |dale@handsonbroward.org

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The greatest tool you can give a child is the ability to persuade and speak with confidence. Being that my YIG experience positively impacted my emotional literacy skills, I would like to pass these on to those who are less fortunate.
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