On May 6, 2021, DCYF opened recruitment for the Parent Advisory Group (PAG). This group consists of parents and caregivers of children that provide a sounding board for decisions, ideas, and questions that shape the future of DCYF. The recruitment was open for three weeks, and in that time, we received 40 applications. After a panel review process, 18 new members were selected, with their official appointment beginning July 1, 2021.
Eliminating racial disproportionalities and advancing racial equity is a priority of DCYF’s Strategic and Racial Equity Plan. As part of this work, DCYF identified developing racial and geographical diversity within PAG as a priority outcome and doubled group membership to increase the integration of voices with lived experience in DCYF’s system.
PAG held its first meeting with new members on July 16, 2021, where everyone had the opportunity to get to know each other and learn about their new roles as advisors to a state agency. For more information about PAG and other advisory groups, visit the DCYF website.