mother and father with baby


Structural racism was built into the system to exclude Black children from the nation’s emerging orphanage system, intentionally separating them. The Black community was not included in planning, and staffing was predominately White. We should not be shocked that a separate system for Black children has survived into 2020.
– Dr. Sharon L. McDaniel, White Privilege in Child Welfare: What Racism Looks Like

Disproportionality and the Impact of
Structural Racism in the Child Welfare System

We are excited to bring you the CASA of New Jersey’s 2021 Symposium on disproportionality and the impact of structural racism in the child welfare system, which will take place virtually on Thursday, June 10, 2021, and Wednesday, June 16, 2021.

This is a virtual event being held via Zoom.

CASA volunteers and staff in New Jersey can attend either day or both days. You must register for each day separately. A passcode is required to register. Obtain the passcode from the CASA office you volunteer with.


We are grateful to The Schumann Fund for New Jersey for their support of the CASA of New Jersey 2021 Symposium on Disproportionality and the Impact of Structural Racism in the Child Welfare System.

June 10, 2021 Registration

Click here to register for  the Thursday, June 10th session.

 June 16, 2021 Registration

Click here to register for  the Thursday, June 16h session.


SYMPOSIUM SCHEDULE JUNE 10, 2021, 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Welcome & Keynote Speaker
9:00 – 9:45 a.m.
Angie Waters, CASA of New Jersey, Interim Executive Director (Welcome & Introduction of Keynote Speaker)

Jeyanthi Rajaraman, Esq., Legal Services of New Jersey – Family Representation Project (FRP), Chief Counsel and Supervising Attorney (Keynote Speaker)    Jeyanthi Rajaraman, Esq. Bio

Permanency for Children of Color Roundtable
9:45 – 11:00 a.m.
Darlene Fusco, NJ Dept. of Children and Families (DCF), Office of Resource Families Deputy Director; Office of Adoption Operations, Deputy Director   Darlene Fusco Bio

Clinton Page,  Esq., NJ Dept. of Children and Families (DCF), Office of Legal Affairs, Director   Clinton Page Esq., Bio

Florence Racine, NJ Dept. of Children and Families ((DCF), Director, Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

11:00 – 11:15 a.m. 

School to Prison Pipeline Roundtable
11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Dr. Charley Flint, William Paterson University, Professor Emeritus; Center for the Study of White American Culture, Inc., Co-Founder and President of the Board   Dr. Charley Flint Bio


Symposium schedule JUNE 16, 2021, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Opening Remarks
5:00 – 5:15 p.m.
Bruce Morgan, First Vice-President of the NJ State Conference of NAACP; President of the New Brunswick Area Branch NAACP, and the Region II representative to the NAACP National Resolutions Committee   Bruce Morgan Bio

Health Disparities Roundtable
5:15 – 6:30 p.m.
Dr. Denise Rogers, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, Vice Chancellor for Interprofessional Programs; Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, RBHS Chair in Interprofessional Education and Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health   Dr. Denise Rodgers Bio

6:30 – 6:45 p.m.  

Housing Inequities Roundtable
6:45 – 8:00 p.m.
Taiisa Kelly, Monarch Housing Associates, Chief Executive Officer   Taiisa Kelly Bio