Richard's Colleague Letter to the Field

I am delighted to announce that the Council on Accreditation (COA) has recently partnered with the Black Administrators in Child Welfare (B.A.C.W.), to implement an accreditation initiative that addresses racial disparities in child welfare service delivery and outcomes.

Funded by a $400,000 two-year grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the project’s goal is to assist child welfare agencies across the country reduce and ultimately eliminate racial disproportionality by implementing best practice strategies as formal components of the COA child welfare accreditation standards.

COA and B.A.C.W. will work collaboratively through a culturally sensitive lens to identify the systematic factors affecting our nation’s vulnerable populations with a commitment to the integration and sustainability of racial equity in agency vision, decision-making and policies.

In that regard, COA will be enhancing its 8th Edition Standards to increase the capacity of accredited and new applicant organizations to address disproportionality. The standards will reflect the implications of research studies conducted by B.A.C.W. which identified states and jurisdictions that are demonstrating effective practices aimed at reducing racial disparities in the child welfare system.

We look forward to our partnership with B.A.C.W. as we work to ensure that child welfare professionals are sensitive to issues of disproportionality and are equipped with the knowledge and effective practices to eliminate them.

If you would like additional information about this important initiative, please contact Karen Callender.

Sincerely,

Richard Klarberg
President & CEO

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