There's no question that the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities members create and share valuable resources with others in the network. Each month, the Alliance Library identifies the most accessed resources from its collection. Thank you to all who have shared their materials during this uncertain and challenging time. A special thank you to our members included in this issue: The Children's Center, Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois, Texas Alliance of Child and Family Services, Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services, Children's Home & Aid Society of Illinois, Simpson Housing Services, SaintA, and Children & Families First.

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Here are July Top Ten most accessed resources in the Alliance Library:

#10 (tie) EDI resources from The Children’s Center in Detroit
Alliance member The Children's Center (Detroit, MI)
Includes links to equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI)-related videos shown at staff meetings, EDI-related questions for HR to ask candidates during interviews, and internal staff equity survey questions.

#10 (tie) A Journey to Becoming WIDE (Welcoming, Inclusive, Diverse and Equitable)
Alliance member Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois (Oakbrook Terrace, IL); Alliance for Strong Families and Communities

Handouts from a 90-minute interactive session designed for leaders who recognize the perils of complacency when addressing equity, and how systemic barriers prevent children and families from achieving their full potential. 

#9 Racial Disproportionality: The Conversation Continues
Alliance member Texas Alliance of Child and Family Services (Austin, TX)

How can we as an organization, and as a community, use our power to create and contribute to large-scale policies that will create meaningful change toward racial and economic justice in our society?

#8 (tie) Temporary Telework Policy
Alliance member Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services (Pasadena, CA)

This document sets forth the expectations regarding the temporary work-from-home arrangement.

#8 (tie) Knowledge Path: Nonprofits: The Need for Race Equity Work and Tools for Action
Alliance for Strong Families and Communities

A list of resources that highlight the need for advancing equity and understanding institutional and systemic racism within nonprofit organizations.

#7 The Experiences of Foster Youth During COVID-19
Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research at Penn State University

This study examined the experiences of 18-23 year old youth in foster care and aged out of foster care during the COVID19 crisis in April 2020 living in 32 states and Washington, DC.

#6 Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Resources
Alliance member Children's Home & Aid Society of Illinois (Chicago, IL)

Resources for use at the organizational and individual levels.

#5 Educational Resources for Racial Justice
Alliance member Simpson Housing Services (South Minneapolis, MN)

Covers the following topics: Racism, Racial Justice & the Black Experience; Indigenous History & Perspectives; White Fragility, White Supremacy & Implicit Bias; Homelessness, Housing, Economic Perspectives, and Harm Reduction; Immigration; Mentoring, Education System, and Tools for Interactions and Understanding.

#4 Alliance-FEI Internal Equity Survey Questions
Alliance for Strong Families and Communities; FEI Behavioral Health

These survey questions provide an opportunity for staff to voice their feedback about the organizational culture, learn which topics are important to them, and establish benchmark data to help track progress towards two main equity goals. A description of what will be done with the data and a privacy/confidentiality statement is included.

#3 Funding Streams for Child Welfare Agencies

This document, arranged by program, funding stream, or federal agency, summarize COVID-19 funding pathways available for child welfare agencies. It  presents the applicable federal program, total amount of available funding, and potential opportunities for you or your respective organization.

#2 (tie) The Healing Starts With Us: The Work Is The Real Work
Alliance member SaintA (Milwaukee, WI)

SaintA leaders and staff concluded that this new phase of our equity journey, inspired by the racial strife of our times, should be framed as The Healing Starts With Us. We developed a plan for an all-agency gathering where we would publicly denounce systemic racism, commit to being part of the community healing, and accept our individual and collective responsibility to advocate for the racial justice we want to see.

#2 (tie) Efficient Communication for Remote Work
The Galion Project

This is a survival guide for managers that need to drive a company that became remote overnight. It includes tricks to communicate within a remote company where everybody is operating from home.

#1 Five to Thrive: We're Off to the Races Together!
Alliance member Children & Families First (Wilmington DE)

This infographic may be helpful as a way to quickly convey a few starting points to consider when engaging in authentic, courageous conversations about how best to support African American staff.

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