Disproportionality and Racial Equity in the Foster Care System: Culturally Responsive Child Advocacy Part 1: History of Child Welfare System
Disproportionality and Racial Equity in the Foster Care System: Culturally Responsive Child Advocacy Part 1
History of Child Welfare System
Target audience: CASA/GAL Staff and Volunteer Advocates
Number of in-service credit hours: 1
This four-part series aims to improve our collective understanding of racial disparity in the child welfare system. This session will examine significant historical events, policies that resulted in segregation, and disparate outcomes for children in the foster care system.
Presenter: Mica McGriggs, PhD
Presenter’s Bio: Dr. Mica McGriggs earned a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at Brigham Young University and went on to complete a post-doctoral fellowship at Columbia University. Her area of expertise is the somatic embodiment of racial trauma. Along with her clinical and academic work, she has worked as a consultant on issues of diversity, equity & inclusion at the organizational level for several years. Dr. Mica has worked with a variety of top leaders from CEOs of corporations, to executive directors of nonprofits, to government officials (including police chiefs) on issues of diversity and sustainable inclusion. Dr. Mica is grounded in critical relational theory and believes that reciprocity and mutuality will promote a working culture and climate that are sustainably inclusive to all members of the community.
Dr. Mica has contributed widely to the academic and public discourse on the intersections of race, gender, and religion/spirituality and has had the opportunity to have her work featured in media outlets, including NPR, CNN, Teen Vogue, Fusion, CBS news, The Salt Lake Tribune, Huffington Post, News Week, and Seattle PI among others. She resides in NYC and currently works at an independent school, where she leads work in diversity, equity & inclusion.