A Data-Driven Approach to Improving Outcomes for Black Girls in Child Welfare

Date: Thursday, December 07, 2017 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Duration: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

Sponsored by: National Child Welfare Workforce Institute, Center for the Study of Social Policy and the US Children's Bureau.

WHEN: National Webinar | Thursday, December 7, 2017, 3:00-4:30 p.m. EST 



Join us for our third session in the 6-part webinar series, Dismantling Racial Inequity Through Child Welfare Systems Change, a joint national webinar series featuring workforce and organizational development stories and strategies to achieve racial equity.

This webinar provides an overview of the data collection efforts of Allegheny County (Pennsylvania) Department of Human Services which led to an extensive data warehouse. Content will highlight how data has been used to inform child welfare practice-finding the bright spots of success as well as gaps in service. This use of data led to a recognition that, within Allegheny County Office of Children, Youth, and Family Services (OCYF), black adolescent girls fared the worst in all child welfare outcomes. Community collaborations and data sharing have led to an in-depth understanding of the inequities facing black girls in all areas of life. There now exists the Black Girls Equity Alliance, led by Gwen's Girls, that has brought together several community agencies to address the needs of our girls. Use of data is instrumental in this work as well as ongoing efforts within OCYF to address the racial disproportionality that exists along the child welfare continuum.


Presenters include Kathi Elliott, DNP, MSW, CRNP, Executive Director of Gwen's Girls, and Angela Y. Steele, MSW, Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Allegheny County Department of Human Services, Office of Children, Youth, and Family Services. 


Every child, youth, and family deserves effective supports and services to meet their unique needs. Data collection and analysis helps organizations make informed policy and practice decisions which will ultimately improve outcomes for children, youth, and families.


NCWWI webinars are free and open to all, so please share the information with your colleagues and networks. Certificates of attendance are issued to attendees following the session.

Previous Sessions:

If you missed earlier sessions in the series, please visit our website for recordings, handouts, and resources. You can also access the recordings directly using the links below.

Session 1: Using an Institutional Analysis to Identify Core Issues and Spur Change 

Session 2: Community Collaboration and Grassroots Effort 

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