Knowing Who You Are | Helping Youth In Care Develop Their Racial And Ethnic Identity

Knowing Who You Are is a three-part curriculum for social workers and other adults and professionals in the child welfare system. Created with the direct collaboration of alumni of foster care, youth still in care, birth parents, and resource families, the curriculum helps child welfare professionals explore race and ethnicity, preparing them to support the healthy development of their constituent’s racial and ethnic identity.

Part I: Video

Knowing Who You Are
RUNTIME: 24:42
Interviews and discussions with youth in care, alumni, birth parents, child welfare professionals, and resource families. An accompanying study guide provides questions to facilitate group discussion after viewing. This 24-minute video sets the stage for the e-learning and in-person components of Knowing Who You Are. In it, 23 individuals (youth in care, alumni, child welfare professionals, birth families, and resource families) share their perspectives about why race and ethnicity matter and the importance of integrating racial and ethnic identity into child welfare practice.

Video design and intent

Besides raising awareness, the Knowing Who You Are video acknowledges the discomfort many people feel around discussing these issues and inspires viewers to confront their fears and begin conversations about race and ethnicity and their impact in society and in the child welfare system.

Video study guides

The Knowing Who You Are video is accompanied by a facilitator guide and a viewer guide. Downloading and reading these before viewing the video will improve the quality of post-viewing discussion.

Part II: E-learning

This free, online course develops a vocabulary for discussing race and ethnicity as a tool for identity development and for addressing racism and discrimination. It also illustrates ways of integrating knowledge and skills into day-to-day practice. Knowing Who You Are is a curriculum is designed for child welfare professionals, caretakers, and other adults involved in child welfare. The e-learning is the second part of this three-part curriculum. The e-learning builds on introductory concepts presented in the Knowing Who You Are video, and prepares participants for faciliated, in-person learning. Knowing Who You Are helps participants develop a vocabulary for discussing race and ethnicity as a tool for identity development and for addressing racism and discrimination. It also illustrates ways of integrating knowledge and skills into day-to-day practice.

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What will I learn?

Knowing Who You Are is a self-paced, interactive learning space for exploring racial and ethnic identity. You’ll discover:

  • Ideas for helping youth in foster care achieve a positive and healthy sense of racial and ethnic identity
  • Opportunities to investigate the impact of stereotypes, messages, and social influences on your own racial and ethnic identity.
  • Data about the impact of institutional racism on various racial and ethnic groups.
  • Strategies for addressing racism in your personal and professional life.

Part III: In-person learning

Staff, youth in care, alumni, birth parents, and resource families all participate in these two-day events. In a highly interactive training, participants hone skills they’ve learned as they identify ways to integrate them into their daily child welfare practice. Please contact us for more information.