Colorado Disparities Resource Center

About Us

American Humane Association, in partnership with the Colorado Department of Human Services Division of Child Welfare, launched the Colorado Disparities Resource Center (CDRC) in May 2009 to address longstanding issues of service disparities in child welfare based on race and ethnicity.

The CDRC’s overall focus is to develop solutions that respond to the complex causes of inequities in the child welfare system. The CDRC works to increase awareness among county department managers of the actual levels of disparity in child protection services by monitoring the development of state and county plans and by obtaining and using data from Colorado Trails, an automated system that tracks all child protection cases in the state.

The center also provides accurate accounts of the disproportion of families and children of color in Colorado’s system, as well as disparities in the state’s child welfare services.

CDRC Goals and Methods

The basic goal of the CDRC is to reduce disparities in the provision of child welfare services to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)-eligible families of color throughout Colorado. Of course, the CDRC can only partly contribute to the realization of this goal since it depends on the successful implementation of culturally responsive practices.

The CDRC will evaluate the achievement of this goal by:

  • Assessing awareness of actual levels of disparities among county child welfare agency managers.
  • Monitoring the development of state and county plans to implement recommendations to reduce or eliminate inequitable outcomes.
  • Using data from Colorado Trails to establish baseline state and county disparities and then monitor disparity levels over the funding periods.

Hot Off the Press!

The Colorado Disparities Resource Center's March, 2011 newsletter is now available. The newsletter is produced every other month, and is just one mechanism used to share the exciting work of the CDRC Learning Community and the CDRC Disparities Leadership Committee, as well as the youth, birth parents, kin and community partners who have committed to rewriting Colorado’s cultural legacy for all children and families in the child welfare system.   The March 2011 issue focuses  engagement and provides useful information on skin care for families to co-create solutions to mitigate disparate outcomes..

Read the March issue of the CDRC Newsletter. (PDF)

No Train, No Gain

Announcing Child Welfare Training Institutes

At American Humane Association, we work every day to help local organizations and public agencies respond effectively to the needs of vulnerable children and families. As part of this critical effort, we have launched a new training initiative -- American Humane Association’s Child Welfare Training Institutes. Our specialized institutes are in-person sessions that cover child welfare initiatives and practices for the advancement of knowledge and skills in the field. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in an active adult learning experience that reflects key child welfare competencies.

Training Institute Topics

  • Father Engagement
  • Immigration in Child Welfare
  • Cultural Competency in Child Welfare
  • Disparities and Disproportionality in Child Welfare
  • Differential Response
  • Child Welfare Supervision
  • Safety and Risk Assessments in Decision Making
  • Family Group Decision Making
  • Community-Based Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Chronic Neglect
  • Working With Youth in Child Welfare

We can offer CEUs for many of our trainings, and can tailor each to meet the individual needs of your agency or community. If you are interested in bringing a training institute to your area, please contact us.

Download our NEW catalog of available child welfare training and professional development offerings. (PDF)

The Power of Supervision

Are you interested in how child welfare supervisors can positively affect outcomes for children and families of color? A recent edition of American Humane Association’s Protecting Children journal (Vol. 25, No. 1, 2010) has the answer! Included in this volume on innovative child welfare practices is the article, Bridging the Cultural Divide: Innovative Supervision Practices to Impact Disproportionality With African American Clients in Child Welfare, by the CDRC’s own Donna L. Parrish and Brenden A. Hargett from the Guilford County Department of Social Services in Greensboro, N.C.

Read the article here. (PDF)

American Humane Association professional members receive Protecting Children as part of their membership benefits. If you are not a member, you can order a copy of Protecting Children or become a member today!

FGDM: A Culturally Responsive Approach 

FGDM has been widely identified as a promising practice for remediating racial disproportionality and disparities in child welfare since its inception. As a culturally responsive approach, FGDM has been shown to improve outcomes for all children and families. In fact, equity for children and families of color in the child welfare system is a primary motivator for U.S. jurisdictions implementing FGDM today.

Read more about FGDM’s promising impact on disproportionality and disparities.

Learn more about the successful March 14th event, Douglas County Child Welfare Summit, co-hosted by the CDRC, Douglas County, Douglas County Libraries, and Douglas County School District.

Contact Us

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