Daring to Do™ : Child Welfare

A Framework for Anti-Racist
Action in Child Welfare
3 Online Workshop Modules
November 10, 17, 24 | 7:00 PM EST

What Is Daring To Do™?

As a professional working with children, you have the capacity to confront and challenge the status quo of policies, practices, and other systemic factors that perpetuate anti-Black racism within your field. 

Daring to Do™ equips you with the tools to do exactly that. In this series, you will: 

  • Learn about the historical and contemporary manifestations of anti-Black racism in child welfare;
  • Discuss the ways in which multiple social systems and sectors are implicated in the issue;
  •  Discover why and how white supremacy will resist the disruption of anti-Black racism; and
  • Access a framework for meaningful anti-racist action to protect and support the diverse youth and families you serve.

This three-module learning series presented by Kike Ojo-Thompson, is a must for any professional who is truly committed to providing equitable care for all of Canada’s children.

Three Modules

Module 1 - Nov. 10

The Origins of Anti-Black Racism in Canadian Child Welfare

Canada’s history of colonialism and slavery is an undercurrent of anti-Black racism within child welfare and child protection systems. Black children are overrepresented in child welfare apprehensions, investigations, and out-of-home care. In this opening module, we explore:

  • Definitions of anti-Black racism and its roots in slavery, colonialism, and patriarchy
  • The origins of child welfare and its history of anti-Black racism
  • How anti-Blackness is entrenched in legislation, constructs, and policies
  • Your culpability in these issues and your responsibility to lead change

Module 2 - Nov. 17

Challenging Anti-Black Outcomes in the Child Welfare Sector

Taking anti-racist action requires a clear understanding and shared definition of anti-Black racism and the ability to recognize and name it in real-time. In the second module, you will:


  • Review how anti-Black racism occurs in child welfare policies
  • Examine how other systems contribute to these outcomes
  • Recognize opportunities to disrupt anti-Black racism in your work

Module 3 - Nov. 24

A Framework for Anti-Racist Action in Canadian Child Welfare

Daring to Do™ offers a practical framework to address anti-Black racism at the personal, institutional, and community levels. This module will equip you to:


  • Define equity and the factors required to achieve it in your organization
  • Confront anti-Black racism when you see it occurring
  • Transform and improve the outcomes for Black children and families in child welfare

How Daring To Do™ Works

  • Series Length

    3 – 90 Minute Sessions

  • Module dates

    Nov. 10, 17 & 24

  • Learning Format

    100% Online

  • Teaching Model

    Live Instructor


Facilitator: Kike Ojo-Thompson

Daring to Do™ is developed, hosted, and facilitated by Kike Ojo-Thompson, KOJO Institute’s Principal Consultant. Kike is an award-winning expert on equity and addressing anti-Black racism in child welfare. She spearheaded One Vision One Voice, an initiative within the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies designed to address and remedy the disparate outcomes for African, Black, and Caribbean children and families in the child welfare system. Kike has over 20 years of experience in equity, an abiding commitment to anti-racist action in child welfare, and a seasoned career in leading engaging and effective training for organizations eager to create equitable outcomes for their service users and staff.

Key Course Takeaways

  • Recognize anti-Black racism in child welfare policies and practices
  • Determine how systemic inequities impact Black children in child welfare
  • Understand your professional responsibilities for addressing anti-Black racism 
  • Build your confidence in taking steps towards equitable outcomes for Black families
  • Discover a framework for taking action against anti-Black racism in the child welfare system

Who Should Enrol?

  • All employees at all levels of Children’s Aid Societies and child welfare organizations
  • Social workers, case managers, supervisors, psychologists, and legal assistants
  • Police liaisons, early childhood educators, guidance counsellors
  • Community, social services, healthcare, and child and youth care workers
  • Any person who works directly with children, youth, or families and is committed to equitable outcomes for all

Daring to Do™: A Framework for Anti-Racist Action in Child Welfare