Our 42 year history is rich with foster care and adoption programs that touch all cultures, backgrounds, and walks of life. We celebrate diversity and our differences. Every viewpoint should be heard and honored. We strive for inclusion as we respect, leverage, and engage everyone’s unique strengths and talents so each individual can contribute to their full potential. We believe in equality and insist on fairness and respect. We acknowledge that our Black community is disproportionately impacted by the child welfare and foster care system in our county due to racial inequalities that include systemic poverty, racial bias, and discrimination.
But acknowledgement is only the first step.
After that comes action. We must look more deeply at the role we play. Are we addressing racism adequately in our training for staff and families? Are we participating in programs and advocacy to address the barriers and injustice in our system? Do we address these inequities and work to engage family and community members with all children with respect to race and culture?
We can do more. We can do better. We will build a better version of ourselves. Families and children deserve our best.