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Getting child welfare systems to utilize these tools

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Unformatted text preview: IES AND INSTITUTIONAL PRACTICES THAT NEED REFORM AND DEVELOP ALLIANCES THAT HAVE THE POWER TO CHANGE THEM A central insight of the structural racism analysis is that racial disadvantage is driven by interrelated policies and systems operating at multiple levels. This makes it unlikely that any single organization would possess all the capacities and resources required to achieve most equity outcomes. Reducing racially biased outcomes when child welfare workers make decisions about removing children from their homes might, for example, call for the development of tools that introduce a greater degree of objectivity into the decisionmaking process. Getting child welfare systems to utilize these tools may require legal intervention.25 Therefore, we must take into account all that is required to reach our objectives, recognize what we can do effectively, and identify others with capacities we lack who might be potential allies. Addressing the policy, institutional, and cultural barriers associated with racial inequities may almost invariably require networking, communicative, legislative, research, civic, legal, and other kinds of expertise that are unlikely to be found in any single organization. There...
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