Diversity & Inclusiveness
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Diversity & Inclusiveness

CASA of Arizona is committed to promoting and advancing diversity and inclusiveness within the child welfare system in Arizona.

One of the stated action items in the "Justice 20/20 - A Vision for the Future of the Arizona Judicial Branch" plan is to "Expand cultural awareness and sensitivity training for judges, court staff, probation officers, and volunteers."

The CASA of Arizona program with the help of grant funding from the National CASA Association and Court Improvement has setup a "Committee on Diversity and Inclusiveness (CODI). This committee is made up of 19 members from diverse sectors of the community. CODI is working on a final draft of their "Blueprint for Diversity" which will serve as the guiding document statewide for diversity initiatives including strengthening and addressing issues of disparity in the population of children and families server by the court.


"Justice 20/20 - A Vision for the Future of the Arizona Judicial Branch - 2012 - 2015", reference page 6.

"Strategic Planning to Serve the Disparate Needs of Children and Families in Arizona", A Report on the Processes, Findings and Recommendations for Next Steps, Prepared By Dahlin & Associates, September 30, 2011

Bias in Decision Making

"Racial Disproportionality in Child Welfare; False logic and dangerous misunderstandings", Author, Jesse Russell

The Courts Catalyzing Change: Achieving Equity and Fairness in Foster Care Initiative (CCC), funded by Casey Family Programs and supported by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)

"Uneven Ground: The Disproportionate Representation of Children and Families of Color in the Child Welfare System", Natational CASA Association "The Connection" magazine (Summer 2007) 

African American Children

"African-American Youth in Out-of-Home Care -- Statewide Arizona", produced by DES/DCYF 
"A Practice Guide for Working with African American Families in the Child Welfare System", Author Maxie Rockymore, MSW
"Understanding the Over Representing of African Americans in the Child Welfare System", Author Jordan Institute for Families

Latino / Hispanic Children

"Creating A Latino Child Welfare Agenda: A Strategic Framework for Change", a report by The Committee For Hispanic Children And Families
"The Committee for Hispanic Child and Families" website serves as a resource for Hispanic child welfare 
"Latino Child Welfare Issues", Author Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College

Native American Children

"The National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA)" website is a comprehensive source of information on American Indian child welfare
"Native American Child Welfare Issues" - Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College
"Serving Native American Children in Foster Care" Connections magazine, National CASA Association Author, Nadja Jones

Disability / Chronic Illness

“Challenges Faced by Foster Youth with Chronic Illnesses and Severe Disabilities", National CASA Connection magazine Spring 2009


"The Interplay of Poverty and Child Welfare", National CASA Connection magazine Fall 2006 
"Bridges Out of Poverty", A book and an approach that helps employers, community organizations, social-service agencies and individuals address poverty in a comprehensive way


"A World of Difference", produced by National CASA Association
"A World of Difference - A Manual for Achieving Greater Inclusion", produced by National CASA Association
"American Promise" - PBS documentary presents complicated truths about America’s struggle to come of age on issues of race, class and opportunity. Supplemental reading list on the topic.
"Knowing Who You Are  - A journey to help youth in care develop their racial and ethnic identity" produced by Casey Family Services
"Race Matters - Article", from Annie E. Casey Foundation
"Race Matters - Toolkit" - Annie E. Casey Foundation training toolkit designed to help decision-makers, advocates, and elected officials get better results in their work by providing equitable opportunities for all.
"Race—Are We So Different?", American Anthropological Association project
"Race—The Power of an Illusion", California Newsreel
"Everyday Diversity", ProGroup

African American Culture

"Guide to Exploring African American Culture", Author Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
"Cultural Diversity: Eating in America - African-American", Author Penn State's Family and Consumer Sciences

Latino / Hispanic Culture

"Understanding the Latino Culture", Author Ohio State University Extension
"Cultural Diversity: Eating in America - Mexican-American", Author Penn State's Family and Consumer Sciences

Native American Culture

"CultureCard: A Guide to Build Cultural Awareness – American Indian and Alaska Native", Author Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College