Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Statement

We know we are all better at what we do when we’re free to be who we are.

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Children’s Home Society of North Carolina promotes the right of every child to a permanent, safe, and loving family.

We recognize that systemic inequities are a root cause of family instability, often resulting in child welfare system involvement and worse outcomes, particularly for families of color. Inequity threatens the well-being of children and families, prevents equal access to services, creates barriers for positive results, and leads to generational cycles of trauma. CHS seeks to prevent childhood trauma, break cycles of poverty and neglect, and build healthy and resilient families. We commit to creating an equitable system for supporting children and families in North Carolina.

We affirm the following to accomplish this goal:

  • Every child deserves the opportunity and resources to live up to their fullest potential.
  • Working toward anti-racism and equitable practices helps provide physical and psychological safety for the children and families we serve.
  • Black and brown children and families have historically shouldered unfair social and economic disadvantages that the child welfare system amplifies.
  • Structural power imbalances that oppress people of color require an intersectional approach to understand and dismantle the harms made by the existing systems. Women of color face the additional burdens of the convergence of multiple inequalities (race, class, and gender).

We’re committed to:

  • Building a culture governed by equity, leading with compassion, driven by results, honoring differences, and never settling.
  • Reducing the trauma of families of color through programs and services, including working towards family strengthening and preservation whenever possible and providing excellent trauma-informed care to all children and families served.
  • Addressing inequities through discovery, using internal and external data to inform corrective action where needed.
  • Working towards advancement and representation in CHS leadership for marginalized groups including Black and brown, indigenous, women, LGBTQ+, and individuals with disabilities.
  • Ensuring that decisions are informed by and inclusive of the most impacted people.
  • Promoting policies and actions that dismantle racism and create equity.
  • Committing resources to support the training, systems, and organizational changes necessary to build equity, diversity, and inclusion in all our work.
  • Maintaining an ongoing internal dialogue around equity, ensuring a culture that promotes open discussion and responsiveness.
  • Supporting the equity work of community partners and intentionally seek collaborators who share our values.
  • Living our core values where children, families, and staff are valued, accepted, seen, and celebrated in their differences.

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