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Cultural Competence/Diversity/Inclusion

An inclusive CASA network helps us better understand and promote the well-being of the children and families we serve. National CASA is committed to reducing disproportionality and ensuring equitable outcomes for all children through ongoing racial equity efforts.

Read more about National CASA's commitment to equity for children.

Download the Institutional Bias Checklist for Volunteers (331 KB PDF).

Publications - National CASA

Working with Native Families

Working with Children of Color

Working with Multiracial Youth

Working with Rural Populations

Working with LGBTQ Youth 

  • Four local and state program directors share their successes and challenges with implementing initiatives to better the lives of LGBT youth in care.
  • Always My Son: This short documentary video shows the journey from struggle to support of diverse families with LGBT children. Created by the Family Acceptance Project at San Francisco State University.
  • LGBTQ Resources and Bibliography: Compiled by National CASA’s Training Department. Includes listing of family and school resources and resources for LGBT youth.
  • Listen to a National CASA podcast on increasing LGBT cultural competency. The Human Rights Campaign Foundation initiative All Children – All Families helps child welfare organizations improve their recruitment and retention of volunteers and resource families in the LGBT community and works to enhance the LGBT cultural competency within the child welfare system.
  • Foster Care's Invisible Youth: The video offers compelling firsthand accounts of the foster care experiences of seven LGBTQ youth. Their struggles range from a lack of acceptance and peer approval to a sense of being lost in a series of unstable and unsupportive placements.
  • The Connection magazine (Fall 2009): Addressing the Needs of LGBTQ Youth in Care
  • National CASA’s 2006 Annotated Bibliography: Resources for Working with LGBTQ Youth and Families in the Foster Care System  
  • Sensitivity Training Exercise for use by CASA programs
  • Seven Tips for CASA Programs on working with LGBTQ youth
  • Advocating for LGBTQ Youth in Foster Care: LaRae Oberloh, program manager with the Sioux Falls Area CASA Program, discusses ways a CASA/GAL volunteer can effectively advocate for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth in foster care. Listen using the audio player below. 


Publications - Other Organizations


  • American-Arab Anti Discrimination Committee
    This website features articles with advice for parents and teachers on how to deal with anti-Arab discrimination in schools and resources and lessons on Arab culture, history, and religion.
  • The Arc
    This organization is devoted to advocacy for all people with disabilities.
  • The Asian American Institute
    The AAI was established as a pan-Asian non profit organization working to empower the Asian Pacific American community.
  • Asian-Nation
    This site contains multiple resources concerning Asian history, culture, immigration and contemporary issues in America.
  • Association of MultiEthnic Americans
    AMEA is an international association of organizations dedicated to advocacy, education and collaboration on behalf of the multiethnic, multiracial, and transracial adoption community.
  • The Black Database
    This website provides links to other sites relevant to African Americans on topics ranging from news, arts and society to health, education and technology.
  • Caring for Children with Special Needs: The Americans with Disabilities Act
    Written by a developmental psychologist, this webpage provides information about children with disabilities.
  • Carlisle Indian Industrial School Research Pages
    This site gives a glimpse into the effects of Indian boarding schools on Native children and on Native culture in general.
  • Children of Lesbian and Gays Everywhere
    COLAGE offers peer support, newsletters, conferences, and literature for children with gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender parents.
  • Coalition for Positive Sexuality
    This site offers information about sexuality for teens-gay, straight or bisexual.
  • Deaf Linx
    This site provides an extensive list of links to sites about deaf culture, deaf history, deaf businesses and other general resources to those with hearing loss or those who would like to learn about deaf culture.
  • Family Acceptance Project
    The Family Acceptance Project is the only community research, intervention, education and policy initiative that works to decrease major health and related risks for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth, such as suicide, substance abuse, HIV and homelessness – in the context of their families.
  • Footsteps
    This online magazine celebrates the heritage of African Americans and explores African American contributions to US culture.
  • Human Rights Campaign
    The largest national lesbian and gay political organization, the HRC envisions an America where lesbian and gay people are ensured of their basic equal rights.
  • Indian Country Child Trauma Center
    This organization was established to develop trauma-related treatment protocols, outreach materials and service delivery guidelines specifically designed for American Indian and Alaska Native children and their families
    An internet resource for news from a Native American perspective
  • MAVIN Foundation
    The MAVIN Foundation's mission is to build healthy communities that celebrate and empower mixed heritage people and families.
  • National Council of La Raza
    The largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans.
  • National Association of Puerto Rican Hispanic Social Workers
    NAPRHSW's mission is to organize social workers and other human service professionals to strengthen, develop and improve the resources and services that meet the needs of Puerto Rican/Hispanic families.
  • National Association of the Deaf
    The mission of NAD is to promote, protect, and preserve the rights and quality of life of deaf and hearing-impaired individuals in the United States.
  • National Black Child Development Institute
    The NBCDI is devoted to improving the lives of Black children and families through advocacy and education.
  • National Council of La Raza
    The largest national Latino civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States.
  • National Indian Child Welfare Association 
    A comprehensive source of information on American Indian child welfare
  • National Latino Children's Institute
    NCLI focuses the nation's attention on policies, programs and community initiatives that positively affect Latino children.
  • Latino Issues in Child Welfare: National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections
    A wealth of resources and publications related to Hispanic and Latino children and families in the child welfare system.
  • National Youth Advocacy Coalition
    NYAC advocates for and with young people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning in effort to end discrimination against these youth and to ensure their well being.
  • Native America Calling: The National Electronic Talking Circle
    A live call-in program linking public radio stations, the internet and listeners together in a thought-provoking national conversation about issues specific to Native communities
  • Native American Children's Alliance
    NACA is an intertribal, cross-mentoring organization whose mission is to inspire and support the development and growth of multidisciplinary teams in their efforts to address child abuse.
  • Native Web
    This site contains over 3,000 links to various aspects of Native American culture and history.
  • OCA
    OCA is a national organization dedicated to advancing the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans in the United States.
  • Teach Mideast
    This site is a resource to increase understanding of the Arab world.
  • Tribal Court Clearinghouse 
    A resource for American Indian and Alaska Native nations, American Indian and Alaska Native people, tribal justice systems, victims services providers, tribal service providers and others involved in the improvement of justice in Indian country  
  • Tribe Websites
    Part of the Native American Public Telecommunications website, this page contains an extensive list of links to more than 50 individual tribes' websites.
  • WWW Virtual Library-American Indians
    This is a library of the Indian culture with an index of resources on the web, including culture, history, language, health and art.
    This site provides a definition of a white antiracist, biographies, and profiles of antiracist individuals and organizations, information on the history of race in the United States, and links to antiracist resources.




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