This 3-hour in-service training for Social Service Specialists, Supervisors, and Area Administrators provides a foundation for understanding the requirements of the Multiethnic Placement Act (MEPA) of 1994, as amended by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Participants in this training will explore values and assumptions regarding Race, Color, and National Origin (RCNO) in foster care and adoptive placements; explore the requirements of MEPA; explore the requirements of Title VI and how they are linked to MEPA; explore some MEPA and Title VI practice issues; explore the impact of MEPA on recruiting foster parents/adoptive parents; and increase knowledge of placement practices that comply with MEPA and Title VI. After completing this training, participants will be able to identify their own personal values and how they impact their professional practice; identify examples of delay and denial in foster care and adoptive placements; identify the impact of MEPA and Title VI on recruitment and placement activities; identify tools and techniques that help prepare families to make informed decisions and help agencies support them in those decisions; and define and implement action strategies to ensure that practice is compliant with MEPA and Title VI.
Regional Core Training
Social Workers, Supervisors, Area Administrators
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