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County, Faith Organizations to Discuss Disproportionality of African American Children in Foster Care and Juvenile Hall

County Executive’s Office of Cultural Competency and South Bay Christian Ministers Union Coordinating African American Faith-Based Forum
The overrepresentation of African American and African Ancestry children and youth in the County’s foster care and juvenile probation systems is a matter of serious concern.  The County of Santa Clara Office of Cultural Competency and the South Bay Christian Ministers Union invite the public to explore whether County policies or practices are contributing factors, share testimonies, and engage in a discussion with County policymakers.  Broad community participation in the forum is very important to move this issue off the pages of statistical reports and provide a better understanding of the human impact.  
This forum is part of an ongoing series of community meetings with various ethnic groups to examine unique factors, needs and possible solutions. It represents an initial step to forge an alliance between faith-based organizations and county agencies to explore ways to support and strengthen disadvantaged families.
Dr. Oscar Dace, Pastor, Bible Way Christian Church
Supervisor Dave Cortese, County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors
Jeffrey V. Smith, County Executive, Santa Clara County
Miguel Hilario, Director, County of Santa Clara Office of Cultural Competency
Bruce Wagstaff, Director, Santa Clara County Social Services Agency
Laura Garnette, Santa Clara County Chief Probation Officer
Lori Medina, Director, Department of Family and Children Services
Delorme McKee-Stovall, Director, Office of Human Relations
South Bay Christian Ministers Union
Pastor Tony Williams, Founder and Senior Pastor of Maranatha Christian Center, San Jose
Pastor Jethroe Moore II, Rehoboth Christian Center, President of the San Jose/Silicon Valley National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
Friday, August 1, 2014. 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Bible Way Christian Center, 2090 Oakland Rd. San Jose, CA 95131
The County of Santa Clara has recently established the Office of Cultural Competency for Children Services to work with the community to address the overrepresentation of children of color in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.  To assist and contribute in this discussion, please R.S.V.P. to Monica Fernandez at, (408) 299-5181.
Media Contact: Gwendolyn Mitchell/Marina HinestrosaOffice of Public Affairs (408) 299-5119;    
Miguel Hilario, Office of Cultural Competency for Children Services (408) 299-5132. 
Posted: July 17, 2014