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B1: Interrupting Racism for Children (All Day-Part2)

This workshop will be presented as a three-part, all day live virtual event and will NOT be recorded for future On-Demand viewing. Participants must attend with both video and audio enabled. Those who register for this session must also register for and attend sessions B1 and C1. 

Disproportionality has long been evident in the child welfare system. In Marion County, black children represent 11% of the child population; however, they represent 40.9% of children in the child welfare system compared to white children who represent 71% of the child population and only 46.7% of children in the system (Child Advocates Children in Need of Services Data, 2018).  Interrupting Racism for Children (IRFC), has a powerful impact on how we all can take action to address racism in our community immediately.  

Approved by DCS for Foster Care Parent Hours

Learning objectives:

  • Participants will learn about the history of race and racism in Indiana
  • Participants will better understand how racism affects the Indiana child welfare community
  • Participants will acquire tools for disrupting this crisis

Presenter Bios:

Jill L. English is a native of Indianapolis and a graduate of DePauw University. She began working with abused and neglected children in the 1990s and served in various roles, advocating for the needs of children and families, training foster parents and addressing the needs of traumatized youth, with a focus on understanding diversity and the impact of trauma. In recent years Jill trained Court Appointed Special Advocates on cultural sensitivity and served as a guardian ad litem for Marion County youth before transitioning to her role as co-director of the Interrupting Racism for Children at Child Advocates. Jill currently serves as the Chief of Community Equity & Inclusion, is a facilitator for Spirit and Place’s Powerful Conversations on Race, Soul Focused Group, and Interrupting Racism for Children. Jill is the co-chair of the Equity, Inclusion, and Cultural Competence Committee for the Commission on Improving the Status of Children in Indiana and is a certified trainer of Civic Reflection and trains individuals on facilitating difficult conversations.

Annie Hostetter is a coordinator and facilitator for Interrupting Racism for Children at Child Advocates. She has been doing antiracist organizing for over fifteen years post-Katrina New Orleans, the mountains of North Carolina, Tanzania, and Vermont before returning to her native Indianapolis. She received a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Politics and Policy from Beloit College and a master’s degree in Sustainable Community Development from SIT Graduate Institute. Annie is core member of Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) Indianapolis and is committed to building the world that our children deserve to live in. She is the proud mother of her two daughters, Una and Mira.

Albert Gay has over twenty years of experience in community work.  With a desire to offer prosocial opportunities as an alternative to the streets, Albert began his career as a youth pastor in a local church in Gary, Indiana.  Since that time, he has continued to influence communities with prevention services through his various roles at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Indiana, nonprofits, and coalitions.  Albert Gay is a national trainer and consultant with Albert Gay Incorporated, SheRay’s & Associates, TTJ Group, and Soul Focused Group.  Currently, he works within Indiana University’s School of Public Health as an Education and Training Specialist and Research Associate. Continuing on his journey for social justice, Albert became a trainer for Interrupting Racism for Children workshops series where he brings his unique experience and knowledge to the process.



Jill English, BA, Annie Hostetter, MA & Albert Gay, MS