There are many opportunities to contribute to addressing disproportionality where you live, work, learn and play. Leaders of all kinds, from doctors, business owners, educators, civic professionals, non-profit groups, tribal authorities, religious figures and more who speak out in support of these efforts are making powerful statements to children and families in the child welfare system and to their communities. Bring in the voices of lived experience around you as you create or address solutions, and invite them to help build new opportunities alongside you.
Another opportunity includes making positive partnerships with other groups in your community to building awareness and responsiveness in communities across Texas. Join your local chambers of commerce, schools and business alliances to look at the specific issues surrounding disproportionality and disparity in your area. Use local and community-level data to understand your unique challenges and build solutions together.
DFPS has a variety of resources, including training opportunities in your area. Check out the resources below or contact the DFPS Disproportionality Mailbox.
Department of Family and Protective Services Reports
- Disproportionality in Child Protective Services: Updated Results of Statewide Reform Efforts (August 1, 2011)
- Disproportionality in Child Protective Services: The Preliminary Results of Statewide Reform Efforts in Texas (March 25, 2010)
- Disproportionality in Child Protective Services: Policy Evaluation and Remediation (July 1, 2006)
- Disproportionality in Child Protective Services: Statewide Reform Effort Begins With Examination of the Problem (January 2, 2006)
- Institute for Family and Child Well Being: This website links to several resources about racial disproportionality in child welfare.
- Minnesota Department of Human Services: This state agency also has many interesting programs aimed at reducing disproportionality.
- CPS Business Plan Fiscal Year 2018
- CPS Business Plan Fiscal Year 2017