After this course you'll be able to:

(1 hour to complete)

  • Understand social justice and how it relates to child welfare practice

  • Acquire skills and knowledge to advocate for marginalized groups in child welfare

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Chapter 1: Introduction to the Course

    • Copy of Have you taken the Academy Pre-Survey?

    • Welcome!

    • An Introduction to Social Justice

  • 2

    Chapter 2: The lack of Justice

    • The Child Welfare System Today

    • A lack of Understanding, Diversity & Inclusivity

    • A lack of Systems & Resources for Marginalized Groups

    • Activity: Think about your own experiences

  • 3

    Chapter 3: Practicing Social Justice in Child Welfare

    • Become An Advocate For The Families You Work With

    • Be Curious: Understand how child welfare is seen in the eyes of these communities

    • Value them as individuals: recognize how and what makes them and their culture different from you and your ideas of safe and healthy

    • Create Connection: Work to help families / communities by utilizing their strengths and connecting them to support

    • Activity: What are other ways we can practice social justice in our work with families?

  • 4

    Chapter 4: The Lived Experience

    • Introduction

    • Montoya's Recommendations

    • Mom's Recommendations

  • 5

    Chapter 5: Closing

    • Closing Thoughts: How You Can Get Involved Today

    • Course Evaluation


Child Welfare Academy Coordinator

Cassandra Mendoza

Cassandra has multiple years of experience working with Black and Latinx families in urban settings, families with child welfare involvement, and children living in under-resourced communities. Cassandra has experience providing academic tutoring and socio-emotional counseling to public school students in Chicago, IL. Prior to joining The Texas Institute for Child & Family Wellbeing, Cassandra was a bilingual, mental health therapist and crisis specialist providing services to families that have experienced violence and youth and caregivers involved in the child welfare system in Chicago, IL and Los Angeles County.