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Cultural Considerations: Resources & Continuing Education for LGBTQ Pride Month

It’s LGBTQ Pride Month! This month-long observance celebrates the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community, and is held in June of each year to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall riots – a major turning point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. LGBTQ youth are overrepresented in the foster care system, both in… Read more »

Cultural Considerations: Free Racial Equity & Liberation Virtual Learning Series

Interested in incorporating racial liberation and equity into your personal and professional life, but not sure how to start? Check out this Racial Equity and Liberation Virtual Learning Series from the group Move to End Violence – it’s a free, six-week online course! The series dives deeply into topics like: self-reflection and locating oneself, expanding… Read more »

Cultural Considerations: Blue Sunday & Inclusivity

April 28, 2019, is Blue Sunday – a day where congregations all over the U.S. pray for the victims of child abuse and those who care for them. This day, observed on the last Sunday of Child Abuse Prevention Month every year, is a great opportunity for CASA programs to connect with local communities of faith…. Read more »

Cultural Considerations: International Transgender Day of Visibility

March 31 is International Transgender Day of Visibility, a time to celebrate transgender people around the globe and the courage it takes to live openly and authentically, while also raising awareness around the discrimination transgender people still face. As you may know, a disproportionately high number of children in foster care are LGBTQ, and transgender… Read more »

Cultural Considerations: NCWWI Webinars & Resources to Promote Racial Equity

The National Child Welfare Workforce Institute (NCWWI) works to increase the equity and effectiveness of child welfare practice through diverse partnerships that focus on workforce systems development, organizational interventions and change leadership. NCWWI’s recent newsletter contains a host of resources and online learning opportunities related to racial equity: A 6-part webinar series co-hosted with the… Read more »

Cultural Considerations: What Are Microaggressions?

According to Psychology Today, “Microaggressions are the everyday verbal, nonverbal, and environmental slights, snubs, or insults, whether intentional or unintentional, which communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative messages to target persons based solely upon their marginalized group membership.” Microaggressions can be committed against any such group marginalized in our society – people of color, LGBTQ people,… Read more »

Cultural Considerations: Guide for LGBTQ+ Students

In everything we do, CASA is committed to protecting the best interests of all children – and the reality is that a disproportionately high number of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) children and youth are in the child welfare system, many having been abandoned by their families due to their LGBTQ identity. CASA… Read more »

Cultural Considerations: Navigating Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Conversations

In the GuideStar article Navigating Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Conversations, the author discusses why diversity, equity and inclusion matters; and steps people and organizations can take to have productive discussions. “If we don’t try to talk to others about their experiences and challenges, we’ll end up with policies and designs that are inconsiderate. Primarily, non-dominant… Read more »

Cultural Considerations: Health Equity, Race & Place

Healthiest Communities recently released an analysis which measured race and ethnicity in relation to overall community health and well-being, and found that living in a community that is more heavily black or Hispanic means an unhealthy life is more likely than for those living in a mostly white community. The analysis was recently covered by… Read more »

Cultural Considerations: National Hispanic Heritage Month

Hear from Texas CASA CEO Vicki Spriggs in her latest column for The CASA Voice as she reflects on National Hispanic Heritage Month, the importance of diversity and our efforts to help the CASA programs recruit a diverse pool of volunteers. “Imagine you’ve been taken from the only home you have ever known and placed in… Read more »