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#20220119 – WEBINAR: Equity… Are We There, Yet? No!

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(January 2022)  Often well-intentioned family members, friends, and professionals aren’t sure how to address your foster and/or adoptive children’s racial and cultural needs. They may say things such as, “We treat your foster and adoptive children just like your other children.” Regardless of how well-intentioned this is, it dismisses the unique needs your foster and/or adoptive children face. This workshop will help identify and address the microaggressions, implicit bias, and white fragility your children are subject to. You hear it all the time, “It takes a village to raise a child.” What if your village is minimizing your children’s racial and cultural identity? We’ll navigate race-based traumatic stress (RBTS). Join us as we explore strategies for parents and professionals for building a village that affirms and supports your children’s identities free from the traumas of oppression.

Michelle Young is the founder and principal consultant for Centre Truth Consulting, where she designs and delivers workshops and training sessions on Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Decolonization to the public and private sectors. She enjoys public speaking and being a guest lecturer. She possesses the unique skills to challenge oppressive thoughts and practices with compassion combined with patience and a genuine commitment to the learning and growth of others. She has strong communication skills that are empowering, inclusive, engaging, non-confrontational and direct. Michelle is also the first person of colour in the role of a Director of Service with her local child welfare agency in the province of Ontario. Her passion has always been using her voice to challenge oppression and the status quo in all areas of her life, so having the lead role in guiding her agency through a multi-year organizational change of embedding equity into the fabric of the agency is a natural fit.

(1 hour, 59 minutes)

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