What Will It Take For the Child Welfare System to Become Anti-racist?

Two years ago, I wrote a column about the history and lingering trauma from government sanctioned family separation. The impact of family separation is felt by Black families in a disproportionate way; Black children are consistently over-represented in our foster care system. Approximately one year ago, I wrote an article about the undeniable impact of systemic racism on how our […]

After Pandemic, We Must Prevent the Net from Widening on Black Families

“…we can’t settle for intervening. We have to be ready to consider the predictive, unique and unprecedented need among black families. If the presumptions are true, then there is neglect occurring that we do not know about. What will our posture be when we meet these families? It’s a balancing act to have gratitude for […]

The Case for Race-Blind Foster Care Removal Decisions

Latagia Tyronce’s two children were playing and one, a toddler, was burned by a blow-dryer. Despite the support of the children’s grandmother, and the compelling evidence that this was an accident, Ohio’s Lucas County Department of Children’s Services removed Tyronce’s children and she was arrested for felony child endangerment. What if the decision to remove and/or […]

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