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
Intensive In-Home Services - Special Population | Juilana Gerena & Associates

*BSO Referrals Only*
Family-based, in-home therapeutic program provided by Master’s level therapists using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to serve families with children with sexual behavioral conditions residing in their home. Services include comprehensive assessments, the development of a safety plan, individual and family counseling, case management, and therapeutic parent and youth group sessions.
Primary POC: Juliana Gerena, Psy.D | jgerena@gerena-associates.com

Family Strengthening
Intensive In-Home Services - Special Population | Center for Hearing and Communication

*BSO Referrals Only*
In-home program provided a minimum of once per week by Master’s level staff using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and the Nurturing Parenting Program (NPP) curriculum to serve families at risk of abuse and neglect impacted by hearing loss.
Primary POC: Natalie Basna | nbasba@chchearing.org

Family Strengthening
Intensive In-Home Services - Special Population | Arc Broward

*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|954-577-4107 | 954-661-3183

Family Strengthening
Intensive In-Home Services - Special Population | Broward Children Center

*BSO Referrals Only*
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.
Length of program: 3-6 months
Primary POC: Jessica Roy | JessicaR@bcckids.org | 954-943-2253 Ext. 112

Family Strengthening
Intensive In-Home Services - Special Population | Smith Community Mental Health

*BSO Referrals Only*
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

Family Strengthening
Intensive In-Home Services | Henderson Behavioral Health

*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.

Family Strengthening
Intensive In-Home Services | Kids In Distress

*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.
Length of program: Up to 4 weeks

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.