Kelis Houston is Founder of Village Arms; a Christ-centered organization dedicated to assisting African American families impacted by child protection. Village Arms’ focus is family preservation and reunification through parenting education, in-home visits, resource acquisition and advocacy with a cultural base. Village Arms was created in direct response to the over representation and disparate treatment of African Americans across the child welfare service continuum.
Kelis’ personal mission is to address and help eradicate these disparities through legislative action, youth and family advocacy, policy reform and community engagement. She serves as cultural consultant, trainer and group facilitator to child welfare staff, students and service providers. Her training is designed to bring a new level of cultural awareness to those working for and within the African American community.
This presentation addresses racial inequality in child welfare through content that targets historical trauma, referral bias and human decision-making contributors to racial disproportionality. American Indian and African American children have the highest rates of contact with the child protection system, are more likely to be assigned to a family investigation, have higher out of home […]