Child welfare professionals are uniquely positioned to connect families with tailored, equitable resources that fit their individual needs. Diverse families encompass many groups, including families of color and LGBTQIA2S+ families. Every family has its own unique challenges, strengths, and needs. Diverse identities are part of what makes each family different.

Equitable access to services is key to serving diverse families. Being mindful of potential barriers—such as location or transportation access—and cultural context, can help child welfare professionals more effectively serve diverse families.

Understanding the systemic barriers that contribute to the racial and economic disparities in child welfare is essential to dismantling them. Responsively serving families includes addressing conscious and unconscious bias. Building a relationship with the family to learn about their needs and culture is paramount. A trauma-informed, diverse workforce can have the tools and perspectives necessary to meet families where they are and begin to dismantle systemic barriers.

Being aware of what service providers are available and understanding the specific needs of a family enables child welfare workers to effectively connect families with the services they require.

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