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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Step into CFS, where we prioritize Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) as fundamental values. We are dedicated to fostering an environment that celebrates and embraces the diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds of all individuals.

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Diversity

Diversity refers to the acceptance of and respect for the variety of similarities and differences among people

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Equity

Identifying and eliminating barriers that have prevented the full participation of all staff and members

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Inclusion

Dynamic state where diversity is leveraged, and power is shared for a fair, healthy, high-performing organization or community.

DEI Mission Statement

From the Desk the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategy Director

Our mission is to educate and learn with our members so that the values of inclusion, honesty, fairness, and transparency are reflected in our policies and daily work life to maintain an atmosphere of trust. Child and Family Services is devoted to excellence by demonstrating our unwavering example of Servant Leadership.

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategy

Child and Family Services recognizes the power in Diversity and believes that Equity is a Human Right. We are committed to facilitating the necessary conversations and decision making that promote an environment that respects authenticity. We are dedicated to raising awareness of our own biases and privileges to operationalize our vision of inclusion in the delivery of services.

Our culture defines who we are as an organization and it is not only the role of HR, but also the responsibility of every manager and employee. All of us can help to make CFS a more supportive place to work by learning and understanding the institutional and psychological processes that impact how we interact with one another. From our internal initiatives to external efforts including our agency’s newest programs and services, we invite you to explore and celebrate our ongoing efforts toward creating an inclusive and equitable environment for staff and clients! CFS realizes that to create a culture that thrives, it takes love, courage, persistence, and time. We are in it for the long hall!

2020 - 2023 In Review

In the last three years, our organization has undertaken transformative initiatives, from innovative mental health programs to expanding adoption services. These efforts have strengthened our support systems and underscored our commitment to fostering resilience and positive change. As we reflect on our progress, we are inspired to continue making a meaningful impact in the years ahead.

  • Formed the DEI Council in 2020
  • Developed mechanism for DE&I members to get credit for attending Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council meetings.
  • Formed working committees in response to current DE&I needs of the agency.
  • Developed relationships with external agencies to support DE&I efforts
  • Hired our first Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategy Director in 2021.
  • Conducted 65 Meet and Greets with staff and CFS supporters to discuss DE&I Council ideas.
  • Brochures were translated in 3 languages in 2022.
  • Continuously creating opportunities for promotions for underrepresented groups.
  • Reviewed the policy for classification for non-degree employees (impacted 15 employees)
  • Annual DEI Climate Survey to measure baseline, success, and barriers.
  • Survey impacted the decision for Employee Bonuses and 2023 Merit Increases
  • Developed strategic plan for 2022-2023 to include: Employer Branding and marketing, Recruitment and Retention, Client Referrals, and Community Relations.
  • Training through Relias is currently being offered to employees to strengthen staff awareness and sensitivity.
  • Leadership training retreat in June 2023 included strategies for supporting staff around DEI.
  • Created the Gender Affirming care training or all staff facilitated by transgender staff on the Council.
  • Received funding for a book writing project for young women of all cultures experiencing mental health challenges between the ages of 16 and 21

The marathon continues..

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