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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Intensive In-Home Services - Special Population | Arc Broward
954-577-4107

*BSO Referrals Only*

Specialized, in-home parent education provided at least bimonthly by Certified Behavioral Analysts, Bachelor’s and paraprofessional staff using the “Parents As Teachers” curriculum, modified to support parents of children with special needs.

Primary POC: Tonya Ricker | tricker@arcbroward.com | 954-661-3183

Intensive In-Home Services - Special Population | Broward Children Center
954-943-2253

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Weekly, in-home parenting using the NPP Special Needs Curriculum. Services are provided by Bachelor’s level staff. Model serves families with chronic or life-threatening medical challenges, developmental delays, visual or auditory disabilities, and/or behavior disorders.

Primary POC: Jessica Roy | JessicaR@bcckids.org | 954-943-2253 Ext. 112

Intensive In-Home Services - Special Population | Smith Community Mental Health
954-321-2296

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In-home therapy and case management services provided 1-2 times per week by Master’s level therapists with specific ability to work with families with youth having behavioral problems. Program uses the Alternatives for Families-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (AF-CBT) approach .

Primary POC: Eduardo Marrero | eduardo.marrero@smithcmh.com | 954-321-2296 ext. 229

Intensive In-Home Services | Henderson Behavioral Health
954-735-4530

*BSO Referrals Only*

Intensive, in-home interventions provided for an average of 10 face-to-face hours per week using the best practice model HOMEBUILDERS® Program. The families referred to this program must be referred by BSO CPIS and must be families at high risk of having their children removed from their home. Prior to making the referral, the BSO CPIS Supervisor and Service Provider Specialist must be consulted. Referrals cannot be faxed.

Intensive In-Home Services | Kids In Distress
954-390-7654

*BSO Referrals Only*

Intensive, in-home interventions provided for an average of 10 face-to-face hours per week using the best practice model HOMEBUILDERS® Program. The families referred to this program must be referred by BSO CPIS and must be families at high risk of having their children removed from their home. Prior to making the referral, the BSO CPIS Supervisor and Service Provider Specialist must be consulted. Referrals cannot be faxed.

Primary POC: Tahia Moore | tahiamoore@kidinc.org | 954-390-7654 ext. 1282

Juvenile Assessment Center | Broward Sheriff's Office
954-765-4469

As a part of the Juvenile Assessment Center (JAC) Collaborative Project, the Broward Sheriff’s Office provides coordination, oversight and direct services to allow the JAC to operate 24/7 as a multi-agency, collaborative central point of entry to the juvenile justice system. Youth referred for law violations in Broward County are delivered to the JAC by law enforcement are provided coordinated, centralized processing and timely comprehensive individual assessment.

Primary POC: Leann Hessler-Betz | leann_hessler-betz@sheriff.org

KID FIRST | Kids in Distress
954-390-7654

In-home program provided weekly to serve families at risk of abuse and neglect. Program comprised of three components: 1) Case Management, 2) Supportive Counseling and 3) Parent Education using the Strengthening Families curriculum.

Primary POCs:
Manuel Guzman | manuelguzman@kidinc.org | 954-390-7654 ext. 1376
Misty Cipyak | mistycipyak@kidinc.org | 954-390-7654 ext. 1309

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