Eliminating disparities and addressing disproportionality are the result of shared work and
partnership among public child welfare agencies as well as government, community stakeholders and
allied agencies such as employment and training. Each type of partner adds value to the
conversation. In particular, children, youth and families should inform the process because of the
unique stories they are able to tell about their experiences, having been served by the public
child welfare service system.
The type of partnership the child welfare agency establishes may vary according to the need that is
presented. For instance, an agency’s partnership with community churches may involve the
recruitment of foster or adoptive families, while partnering with the court may involve
establishing protocols so that families involved in both systems are treated equitably. While
public child welfare agencies may establish different types of strategic partnerships, all
partnerships must promote communication, reduce duplication, coordinate efforts of promoting racial
equity and leverage resources effectively.
Strategic partners may include: