Since 2004, Child Protective Services (CPS) of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) engaged in a statewide systemic strategy to address disproportionality of African American children in the child welfare system since 2004. With state legislative support, the state of Texas utilized federal Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) funds, state funds and the support of Casey Family Programs in order to hold Undoing Racism™ workshops in all areas of the state. The experience of Undoing Racism™ workshops resulted in a common language and clear message that issues impacting decision-making, poverty, institutionalized racism can be directly addressed. Many communities responded to the workshops with “Talkback forums” and debriefings to allow an opportunity for CPS staff and community partners to continue talking about how to undo racism. For more information about the Undoing Racism workshops, visit The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond website.
For more information about the efforts by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, read their report – Disproportionality in Child Protective Services: The Preliminary Results of Statewide Reform Efforts in Texas (March 2010),