Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Washington County Licensing expects providers to create a welcoming and inclusive environment for all children and families in the community. It is the expectation and dedication of the Washington County Child Care Program to continually work toward increasing our cultural competence. All licensed child care providers are encouraged to take training that will increase their cultural competence as it relates to the children cared for. This training will be counted towards the 16 hours of in-service training required by the state of Minnesota.
Provider Expectations Regarding Diversity and Inclusion
for Adult Foster Care Providers
|1.||AFC providers are considered a public accommodation under Minnesota Statute and may not discriminate on the basis of:|
|2.||Respectful language and actions are expected of all individuals living in the home. No one should feel threatened or demeaned in their home. This does not mean that differences can't be expressed but does mean that all conversations should be respectful.|
|3.||AFC providers are expected to ask and use language preferred by the person such as preferred pronouns and person-centered or identity-first language.|
|4.||AFC providers are expected to educate themselves about the needs of the individuals living in the home. This can be done in a variety of different ways such as by taking classes, attending trainings, reading books/articles, or consulting professionals. The needs of the individual includes not just information about a person's disability and need for services but about their race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, creed, disability, etc.|
Washington County recognizes the cultural disparities in the child welfare and foster care system. It is the expectation and dedication of the Washington County Foster Care Program to continually work toward increasing our cultural competence.
- All licensed child foster care providers will take at least one hour each year in training that increases their cultural competence as it relates to the children in their care. This training will be counted towards the 12 hours of in-service training required by the State of Minnesota.
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- Discrimination in America: Experiences and Views of African-Americans: This report presents African-Americans' personal experiences of racism and discrimination, as well as their perceptions of discrimination in their local area and in the nation.
- Diverse Elders Coalition (DEC): The DEC advocates for policies and programs that improve aging in our communities as racially and ethnically diverse people; American Indians and Alaska Natives; and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender people.
- National Resource Center on LGBT Aging: The National Resource Center on LGBT Aging is the country's first and only technical assistance resource center aimed at improving the quality of services and supports offered to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender older adults.
- Autism Resource Guide: Local resources for residents of Washington County and the greater metro area.
- Center for Inclusive Child Care (CICC): The mission of the CICC is to be a centralized, comprehensive, and responsive resource network supporting quality care for children in community settings.
- Disability Hub: Free, statewide resource network that helps you solve problems, navigate the system, and plan your future.
- Individual Education Plan (IEP): The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act is a federal law that tells schools what they must do for students with disabilities.
- Learning Disabilities in Children: Learning disabilities can seriously interfere with a child's ability to learn. It is a range of learning and thinking differences that can affect the way the brain takes in, uses, stores, and sends out information.
- National Alliance on Mental Illness: Organization dedicated to improving the lives of children and adults with mental illnesses and their families.
- PACER Center: PACER provides individual assistance, workshops, publications, and other resources to help families make decisions about education and other services for their child or young adult with disabilities. PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center provides resources designed to benefit all students, including those with disabilities.
Every child, youth, and adult is entitled to a safe, loving, and affirming foster care home, irrespective of the young person's sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. Evidence shows that LGBTQ+ youth are overrepresented in the foster care system. These youth face serious risks and challenges beyond those experienced by other youth. Rejection by their families and other caregivers adds to these risks. With some additional education and training, your family can successfully provide a welcoming home to a LGBTQ+ person in need.
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|When Someone Discloses Their LGBTQ+ Identity|
What does LGBTQ+ mean? It is important to note that some people do not think any of these labels describe them. Some people do not like the idea of labels at all, while others, feel comfortable with certain labels and not others.
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