Workshop Sessions I - Session B1: Back by Popular Demand! Cultural and Linguistic Practices in Residential Programs
Lloyd Bullard, MEd, Provider Exchange Coordinator, Building Bridges Initiative (GA)
Kevin M. McGuire, MSW, Commission, Westchester County Department of Social Services (NY) and
Vincent Madera, MSW, Program Director of Permanency Support, The Children’s Village (NY)
Karen Anne Johnson, FDC, FPC, Family Peer Advocate, Community and Residential, SCO Family of Services (NY)
While the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) supports and encourages the use of culturally and linguistically competent (CLC) policies, procedures and practices in all residential and community programs providing services and supports to youth and their families, it continues to be a challenge for many. The continued disproportionate representation of children of color, specifically in child welfare, is a critical issue facing many state agencies (public and private). It takes commitment, leadership, time, and resources to improve CLC. A family advocate will share CLC strategies important for engaging families of color. The Westchester County Department of Social Services (DSS) is an example of a county agency that has committed to addressing this issue within their agency and with the providers they contract with. The Westchester County DSS Commissioner has teamed up with staff from Children’s Village, one of the residential and community-based service providers they contract with, to share strategies and practices they are using. They will share data regarding the outcomes they have been able to achieve. Attendees will leave this session with a range of CLC ideas and strategies they can take back to their agencies and programs.