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WEBINAR: Promoting Child and Family Well-Being through Civil Rights Compliance

Jun 8 at 02:00 PM - Jun 8 at 03:30 PM

In 2015, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (HHS), and the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division (DOJ) entered into a collaborative partnership to assist child welfare agencies and state court systems in meeting their responsibilities to promote the well-being of children and families while ensuring civil rights compliance. HHS and DOJ issued key guidance clarifying: 

  • Child welfare legal obligations to not discriminate on the basis of disability under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
  • Child welfare legal obligations to not discriminate on the basis of race, color, and national origin under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 

This webinar will focus on this guidance by linking Federal civil rights principles to child welfare practice. It will include a primer on Federal civil rights laws that protect children and families from discrimination in the child welfare system and examine discriminatory barriers found through HHS and DOJ enforcement work. 

The webinar will feature:

  • Brandy Wagstaff, Trial Attorney, Disability Rights Section, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice (Presenter)
  • Carla Carter, Civil Rights Analyst, Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (Presenter)
  • Dylan de Kervor, Attorney Advisor, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice (Presenter)
  • Kevonne Small, Attorney Advisor, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice (Presenter)
  • Tashira Halyard, Senior Associate, Center for the Study of Social Policy (Moderator) 

Please register here and don't forget to submit your questions in advance.  

Resources for pre-reading: 

  1. Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 Child Welfare Guidance
  2. Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 Fact Sheet
  3. Title II of the ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act Technical Assistance
  4. Title II of the ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act Fact Sheet
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