Alliance for Racial Equity in Child Welfare

Transforming how systems interact with children and families of color


What We Work For

The Alliance boldly identifies policies and practices (both intended and unintended) that harm children and families of color and endorses policies that promote racial and ethnic equity.

Child welfare and juvenile justice systems are historically inadequate at meeting the needs of children, youth, and families of color. Despite some positive progress, these groups are overrepresented in intervening public systems and have worse outcomes as compared to their white peers. There has been a lack of vigilance in recognizing disproportionality and disparity as a problem and in creating meaningful strategies and solutions to address it.

How We Do It

The Alliance works with dedicated partners to challenge the status quo and build policies and practices that correct for disparities and promote broader racial equity.

We mobilize public system practitioners, advocates, and leaders to develop and share knowledge with the field and use this network to increase overall awareness about how public systems contribute to racial disproportionality and disparity. We create innovative solutions and promote public policies and practices that correct for disparities and promote broader racial equity. Most of all, we open the lines of communication between Alliance members and those whose work can most dramatically impact racial disparities in this country, starting a dialogue and ultimately effecting change in communities, systems, and policies.

We recognize deep systemic racial bias in this country, and, with our network of devoted partners, work together to undo past wrongs and set a course for a future where racial and ethnic equity is the norm.

The Alliance for Racial Equity provides national leadership in support of improved outcomes for children and families of color involved with the nation’s child welfare system. Since our start in 2004, we have developed a network of child welfare and juvenile justice administrators, advocates, policymakers, researchers, and constituents who are directly impacted by structural and institutional biases.

We work to eradicate systemic bias and inequity in all intervening public systems through a coordinated effort with our partners. This work is achieved by:

Sharing information and knowledge about barriers and successes with stakeholders in the field.

Providing data and analysis to the field relevant for local and national action to promote racial equity.

Creating resources, like inSIGHT (our soon-to-be published curriculum on implicit racial bias), for frontline staff working directly with young people.

Shining a spotlight on issues not often discussed, like our Fight for Our Girls initiative, which is focused on young women of color in the juvenile justice system.

Alliance for Racial Equity in Child Welfare Partners

Kirwan Institute for the Implicit Racial Bias

Alliance for Racial Equity in Child Welfare Trainings

inSIGHT: Improving Decisionmaking to Better Support Families
(An) Interactive Coursework on Racial Bias for Child Protection Workers (not yet released)

Our Experts

Leonard Burton

Leonard Burton

Senior Fellow
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Juanita Gallion

Juanita Gallion

Senior Associate
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Maya Pendleton

Maya Pendleton

Policy Analyst
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Kristen Weber

Kristen Weber

Director, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice
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