True partnership begins with listening to people and communities that have experienced trauma and found resilience and healing in the face of trauma. We listen and humble ourselves to the realities of their experiences and the way they feel the system has impacted them In order to get to the outcomes we both desire.
Establishing authentic agency/community partnerships begins by Using Data to identify the groups of children who are at greatest risk of disproportionate representation and disparate outcomes. This is followed by respectful Outreach and Engagement of the cultural and community leaders who support these children and their families within the community and who can help the child welfare agency understand the culture, lived experiences, trauma histories and needs of these families. Then the following Core Partnership Activities can begin: