BACW Presents Sankofa Institute for African American Leaders

Black Administrators In Child Welfare is launching the Sankofa Institute for African American Executive and Emerging Leaders in Child Welfare, the first national institute specifically for African American executives and emerging leaders in child welfare.

Our current child welfare situation is not acceptable for children of color. We must ensure the Black experience becomes embedded in the service delivery for child welfare agencies throughout the U.S.

Dr. Sharon McDaniel, BACW

The Black Administrators in Child Welfare presents the Sankofa Institute for African American Executive and Emerging Leaders in Child Welfare in partnership with Johnson C. Smith University and Casey Family Programs of Seattle, Washington.

Celebrating 51 years of service to Black children, youths, families and communities, BACW is pleased to announce its inaugural class of child welfare leaders from across the country who seek to transform the landscape of the child welfare system from the inside out.

From examining institutional logics of the system to the public child welfare policies that produce disproportionate and disparate outcomes for African American children and families, this year-long institute provides innovative and effective strategies to combat the challenges faced in the child welfare system every day in the U.S.

The inaugural session has participants from across the country: Caleb Beyah, CA; Tommy Brown, CA; Dr. Nia Cantey, WA, Tamera Dixon, PA; Dr. Lovie Foster, PA; Brooke Goulde, PA; Nneka Hawthorne, PA; Robert Hinton, PA; Benita Miller, NJ; Dominique Robinson, CA; Shemeka Sorrells, WA, Dion Smith, FL; Demetrius Starling, MI; Kristen Toliver, GA; Windy Wilson, GA; and Raheem Wood, PA.

About Black Administrators in Child Welfare

The Black Administrators in Child Welfare, Inc. (BACW) is a group formed in 1971 and incorporated in New York in 1975 to address the reluctance of child welfare agencies to respond appropriately to the need for specialized services for Black children and their families and to press for the employment of Black professionals in responsible administrative positions. The organization also serves as a support network for the small number of Black executives running child welfare and human service agencies.

The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of A Second Chance, Inc.

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