Cultural Considerations: Resources for Cultural Competency; Reducing Disproportionality & Disparities

The Children’s Commission’s recent Jurist In Residence (JIR) letter delves into resources to help judges, attorneys, and others involved in Child Protective Services cases to better understand and address cultural challenges, disproportionality, disparity and more.

The letter first mentions an article, A Culturally Responsive Court: Lessons from Rio Grande Valley West, Texas, which discusses the successful practices of an associate judge and his staff in the Rio Grande Valley when it comes to supporting Hispanic families. In addition to information on navigating cultural challenges, responding to cultural needs and more, the article mentions Collaborative Family Engagement (CFE), Texas CASA’s family finding collaboration between CASA and CPS, as a practice that is responding to challenges and empowering families to look for solutions. It also lists information on legal guidance on cultural responsiveness from the NCJFCJ, the Family Justice Initiative and the American Bar Association (ABA).

The letter also mentions the Children’s Commission Texas Child Protection Law Bench Book chapter on disproportionality, as well as a bench card developed by the Judicial Workgroup Addressing Disproportionality, as tools that provide practical steps for bringing greater awareness of the impact of disproportionality and disparities.

Texas CASA is committed to our goal of ensuring the highest quality advocacy possible for all children in the child protection system, regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, expression, or disability status – that’s why we are now highlighting resources to support the CASA network’s journey to becoming more inclusive, welcoming, affirming and culturally considerate. Explore more Cultural Considerations articles.