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DEI Statement

All children and families deserve to lead safe, healthy, and productive lives. At JCCA, our responsibility is to foster a diverse, inclusive community where the families, children and communities we serve can thrive.  

We recognize that biased practices, policies, and decision-making processes have embroiled a disproportionately high number of Black and Latino children and families within child welfare, among other ways in which racism perpetuates inequities in all human service systems. We are committed to combating  bias, harassment, and discrimination in all their forms. 

We are dedicated to working  together to address systemic barriers for all and promote a culture of diversity, equity, safety, belonging, and mutual respect. 

Diversity: JCCA is committed to embracing diversity in all its forms, including race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, language, culture, national origin, religion, age, and ability status. We aim to center the voices of the children and families in our care, and for our staff and leadership to reflect the communities we serve.

Equity: From internal practices to government advocacy, JCCA is dedicated to excellence through equity for our clients and our staff. We will lead from a lens of equity and make decisions that are considerate of the perspectives and experiences of our employees and the families we serve.Building sustainable and just futures for our colleagues and the families we serve requires rigorous and consistent review of our policies, workflows, hiring, compensation, and organizational culture.

Inclusion: Every individual should feel a sense of dignity and belonging – at home and at work. Our organization is stronger when we leverage the diverse backgrounds, skills, abilities, and perspectives of our clients and colleagues. We aim to build an environment of inclusive collaboration where everyone has a voice and a seat at the table.

JCCA embraces these universal values, defined in the Jewish tradition as shared humanity, justice, and belonging. We recognize that the work on diversity, equity and inclusion is a journey and we will use these values to guide our ever-evolving practice  and relationships with the children and families we serve, our colleagues, and the communities we serve.