Kaleidoscope is committed to following the most current guidance, best-practice standards and interventions to best serve children and families. Since our founding in 1973, we have offered staff trainings and seminars to offer the newest tools to help families. With the inception of our DEI Committee in June 2020, we made a stronger more direct commitment to this work.
Over the past year, Kaleidoscope’s DEI Committee has focused on developing a culture of learning and reflection at the agency in the following ways:
• Created monthly opportunities for staff to share common experiences and engage in conversations about race and identity through our BIPOC and White Accountability Affinity Groups
• Established a budget and calendar for DEI and Equity related trainings, developed by experts in the field on topics such as history of child welfare, working with LGBTQIA+ families, and racial disproportionality in the cold welfare system
• Revamped Kaleidoscope’s onboarding procedures and trainings to be more equity-focused and deliberate in addressing racial and other biases
While making these strides at Kaleidoscope will help the families we serve, we are identifying strategies to advocate from a DEI lens in the child welfare system more broadly to impact children, youth and families from across the state.