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Racial and Ethnic Equity Impact Statement

Children’s Services Council is committed to advancing racial equity
so that ALL children grow up healthy, safe and strong

 

Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County (CSCPBC) aspires to be an innovative and courageous leader supporting a community where ALL children and families are healthy, safe and strong. Our leadership involves not only promoting policies and practices that address racial and ethnic equity but also working to dismantle structural and institutional racism that harms our community’s children.

We recognize that equity is not the same as equality. The path to equity requires that the community provide more support and resources to the families in our community that are challenged by compounding inequities based on their race and ethnicity - health, education, housing, economic opportunities, among others - that put them at a disadvantage and limit their ability to reach their full potential. CSCPBC recognizes that it has an important role to play in this process. Our goal is that race and ethnicity are no longer predictors of life outcomes.

We commit to ensuring equity in terms of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, age, ability and other protected categories of individuals. However, we also recognize that race and ethnicity are some of the biggest predictors of long-term success. Therefore, we commit to ensuring racial and ethnic equity is embedded in our structure, policies, strategic planning, and advocacy efforts.

Promoting racial and ethnic equity is critical to truly making a difference in the lives of those we serve. To that end, we make a conscious and explicit effort to:

  • Ensure our work focuses on the elimination of racial and ethnic disparities in child outcomes;
  • Educate ourselves and others to improve understanding of implicit bias and the historical context of racial and ethnic inequities, which is vital to recognizing and dismantling barriers to improved outcomes;
  • Critically examine CSCPBC policies and practices using a racial equity lens and work to ensure that both their intent and impact will promote fairness and equity;
  • Model as an organization the changes we want to see implemented throughout our community and advocate for the elimination of institutional and structural racism in systems we influence; and
  • Serve our community’s children through active engagement of their families, listening to their needs, understanding their strengths, and advocating for needed programs, services, and systems change.
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Children's Services Council of Palm Beach County
2300 High Ridge Road, Boynton Beach, FL 33426
561-740-7000 or 1-800-331-1462
561-835-1956
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