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What It Means & What It Means to Us

What It Means

The quality of being fair and impartial.

What It Means to Us

The presence of justice and fairness within the procedures, processes, and distribution of resources by institutions or systems. Facing equity issues requires an understanding of the underlying or root causes of inequalities and oppression within our society.

What It Means

The practice or quality of including or involving people from a range of different social and ethnic backgrounds and of different genders, sexual orientations, etc.

What It Means to Us

Being composed of a demographic mix of an intentional collection of people, taking into account elements of difference across national origins, languages, ethnicities, races, skin colors, cultures, generations, religions, spiritualties, socio-economic backgrounds, gender identities, and sexual orientations, as well as different skills, abilities, customs, values, behavioral styles and beliefs.

What It Means

The practice or policy of providing equal access to opportunities and resources for people who might otherwise be excluded or marginalized, such as those who have physical or mental disabilities and members of other minority groups.

What It Means to Us

The full engagement of individuals sharing power at all levels of an organization. All members are valued, respected, and supported. The act of inclusion is reflected in an organization’s culture, practices, and relationships that support a diverse workforce and is an intentional demonstration that counters the historical exclusion of underrepresented communities. Inclusive organizations ensure equal and full participation in decision-making processes by considering all views. While a truly “inclusive” group is necessarily diverse, a “diverse” group may or may not be “inclusive”.

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Creating a Workplace With Shared Values

I treat everyone in an equitable manner.

I support maintaining a diverse and culturally responsive workforce and leadership team that is reflective of the diverse populations we serve.

I commit to building more inclusive decision-making processes and using inclusive language.

Where Are We Headed?

Create an EDI Statement that outlines the antiracist practices and goals of the organization.

Increase awareness and knowledge of Equity Diversity and Inclusion.

Ensure that agency art, printed material, signs, and images Child & Family Resources uses are inclusive of people with disabilities, all races, ethnicities, gender identities.

Encourage and support professional goals.

Continue to provide quality, affordable benefits to all employees.

Our Commitment to Antiracism and Advancing Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Child & Family Resources’ mission is to build strong communities where children can reach their full potential. For over 50 years, we have been a leading community-based organization providing prevention and early intervention services to children, youth, families, and early childhood educators.

We recognize that truly advancing our mission requires addressing the historic disparities, persistent inequality, and systemic racism that exist in our society. As a result, we are committed to engaging in the ongoing work of promoting anti-racist programs and policies across our organization, and in our advocacy for children and families across the State of Arizona and the nation as a whole.

Child & Family Resources collaborates with communities that have historically been marginalized and disenfranchised. We provide intervention and prevention services that work to counteract systemic racism and gender bias, empowering individuals, and families to reach their full potential.

We recognize that the result of institutionalized racism is increased rates of Adverse Childhood Experiences such as poverty, neglect, child maltreatment, parental incarceration, substance abuse, domestic violence, and mental illness. In addition, we recognize that racism and stress weather bodies, predisposing people to health vulnerabilities.

Child & Family Resources is committed to providing trauma-informed services to address these needs, which are particularly high in Arizona. We ensure all staff receives training and ongoing support in trauma-informed best practice so that we can provide relationship-based services that are consistent, predictable, increase a sense of belonging, support resiliency, and are responsive to individual and family needs. We know that our work modeling relationship-based practice promotes Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Access in our communities.

49.9 AZ population identify as black indigenous, latinx, multiracial, and other underrepresented groups

Our Workforce and Services

At Child & Family Resources, 54% of our workforce and 51% of our Leadership identify as Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Multiracial, and other underrepresented groups.

Child & Family Resources pledges to maintain a workforce that is reflective of the populations we serve by promoting the hiring, growth, and advancement of underrepresented groups by investing in professional development and outlining clear pathways for growth within the agency.

According to the Center for American Progress, 15% to 43% of gay and transgender workers have experienced some form of discrimination, while the Human Rights Campaign Foundation recently reported that as many as 46% of people who identify as LGBTQ, hide who they are at work.


CFR Pledges to continue to cultivate a safe, inclusive workspace for all employees by challenging heterosexism and cisgender assumptions through professional development, and intentional use of language.


Nationally, women represent 73% of the nonprofit workforce, while Child & Family Resources boasts a 97% female-identified workforce.


CFR strives to operate with an inclusive workforce, and to support a workforce that is inclusive of people of all gender identities and sexual orientations.

We build strong communities where children can reach their full potential