Date Completed

Winter 3-2018

Document Type

Masters Capstone Project

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work


Research has shown that African American children and their families experience racial discrimination and bias in the child welfare system. Therefore, this project proposal aims to address racial discrimination and bias in the child welfare system by defining racism, analyzing color blind policy approaches and how it affects practice when working with families of color.

Undoing Institutional Racism is a facilitated intergroup dialogue that challenges the caseworkers, supervisors, and area administrators within Children’s Administration to “analyze the structures of power and privilege that hinder racial equity and prepares them to be effective organizers for social justice,” (The People’s Institute, 2008). The mission of Undoing Institutional Racism is to bring social workers together in anti-racist movement within the child welfare system (The People’s Institute, 2008). Undoing Institutional Racism intergroup dialogue aims to address racial bias in child welfare decision making and racial disproportionality.


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