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County to Host Latino Community Forum to Examine Disproportionality

​​Excessive Number of Latino Children in Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Systems
WHAT:
The County of Santa Clara Office of Cultural Competency for Children Services, in coordination with La Raza Roundtable leadership, invites the Latino community to a Latino Community Forum on Disparity and Disproportionality.  The Forum seeks to bring together Latino Community representatives, activists, professionals and residents to discuss, debate and recommend possible/viable policies for Santa Clara County as it seeks to address the disproportionality and overrepresentation of Latino children in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.
 
This forum provides stakeholders an opportunity for analysis and candid discussion about: Contributing factors; how to strengthen and support disadvantaged families; and the roles and responsibilities of Latino community organizations.  The forum also will explore possible collaborations with County agencies to address these issues.
 
WHO:
Miguel Hilario, Director, County of Santa Clara Office of Cultural Competency for Children’s Services
Victor Garza, Chair of La Raza Round Table
Latino Community Leaders, Professionals, Activists, and Residents
Chris Arriola, Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney will serve as Facilitator/Moderator 
 
WHEN:
May 29th, 2014, from 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.
 
WHERE:
Center for Training and Careers (CTC), 749 Story Road, Suite 10, San Jose, CA 95122
 
WHY:
The County of Santa Clara has recently established the Office of Cultural Competency for Children Services to work with the community to address the problem of disproportionality and disparity of ethnic children in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.
 
Currently, Latino children are 37% of the population of children in Santa Clara County, yet they constitute 66% of children in the foster care system. Moreover, Latinos are 39% of the youth population, yet they are overrepresented in the juvenile facilities; 69% are Latinos.
 
This is one of a series of forums to be held with the Latino, African American and Asian communities to examine the unique factors, needs and possible solutions for each group.
 
To assist and contribute in this important discussion, please R.S.V.P. to Mónica Fernandez at monica.fernandez@ceo.sccgov.org, (408) 299-5181.
 
Media Contact: Gwendolyn Mitchell/Marina Hinestrosa Office of Public Affairs (408) 299-5119;    
Miguel Hilario, Office of Cultural Competency for Children Services (408) 299-5132. 
Posted: May 20, 2014