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The George Floyd Verdict    April 21, 2021

Mahoning County Children Services would like to express how important, yet traumatic this week has been for our Nation.  As a public children services agency, we are seeking to continually examine how our Mission and Vision supports all Social Justice efforts.  We recognize as an Agency, that when social justice is compromised— everyone suffers: children, families, and the community.  We identify that wrong was done in Minneapolis, and the Verdict reflected accountability and justice served.  However, as an Agency, we also recognize that we  continue striving to eradicate Hate and Racism EVERY day.   This starts with each of us, and by our own actions. This is not an ending, but a beginning to what our Nation, our State, and our Local communities must incorporate into all “systems” —- All People are created Equal.

NOTE: The Mahoning County Children Services Board Unanimously voted at their June 20, 2020 meeting to adopt, support, embrace and issue the following Social Justice Position Statement that addresses and responds to civil unrest events in our local, regional, national and international communities.

WE ARE CHILD AND FAMILY ADVOCATES. THIS AGENCY ADHERES TO THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF SOCIAL WORKERS’ CODE OF ETHICS AND IS ACCREDITED BY THE NATIONAL COUNCIL ON ACCREDITATION.

Our new page RE-AFFIRMS our deeply-rooted commitment to Social Justice. This new page invites and encourages all Visitors to our website to learn more about, reflect upon and become positive Agents of Social Justice CHANGE. This page will also provide timely Social Justice information and resources to help families address, explain and foster discussions on a variety of Social Justice topics with children.

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BACKGROUND: Mahoning County Children Services Board unanimously voted at their June 9, 2020 meeting to adopt, support and embrace the SOCIAL JUSTICE POSITION STATEMENT: REFLECTION AND RESOURCES  to address and respond to the civil unrest events in our local, regional, national and international communities.

MAHONING COUNTY CHILDREN SERVICES BOARD CHAIRMAN: “This Statement reflects Mahoning County Children Services Board’s commitment to racial equality and social justice.  More broadly, it is a statement that echos the ethical code(s) and value statements of health and human service professions who are essential to the well-being of our society. It would be negligent for the Agency to remain silent as we are a community leader serving vulnerable children and families,” states Dr. Joseph L. Mosca, Chairman, Mahoning County Children Services Board.

MAHONING COUNTY CHILDREN SERVICES EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: “It is Social Workers’ ethical responsibilities to the broader society that requires our Agency to affirmatively challenge social injustice including, but not limited to discrimination and other manifestations thereof.  As such, we believe that to remain silent would be tantamount to an abrogation of our duty,” explains Randall B. Muth, J.D., Executive Director, Mahoning County Children Services.

COMMITTMENT TO CODE OF ETHICS: Mahoning County Children Services adheres to the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics. The NASW Code of Ethics “serves as a guide to the everyday professional conduct of social workers.” Section 6.01-6.04 a-d of the NASW Code of Ethics states: “social workers have ethical responsibilities to the broader society.” This particular section of the NASW Code of Ethics also encourages social workers to:• ENGAGE in social and political action;

• ADVOCATE for changes in policy and legislation to improve social conditions in order to meet basic human needs;

• PROMOTE social justice and especially in regard to vulnerable, disadvantaged, oppressed and exploited people and groups to ensure all individuals have equal access to resources, employment services and opportunities to meet their basic human needs to develop fully;

• ACT/PREVENT and ELIMINATE domination of, exploitation of, and discrimination against any person, group, or class on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, marital status, political belief, religion, immigration status, or mental or physical ability.

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TO HELP FAMILIES ADDRESS, EXPLAIN AND FOSTER SOCIAL JUSTICE DISCUSSIONS WITH CHILDREN.