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Kenyon Lee Whitman

Kenyon Lee Whitman is the Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Parental Rights for Those Involved in Foster Care

8/29/2022

The Costs of a Failing System

We use taxpayers dollars to fund a system that is morally bankrupt, where children and social workers suffer, writes Kenyon Lee Whitman.

Parental Rights for Those Involved in Foster Care

6/30/2022

Parental Rights for Those Involved in Foster Care

Legal counsel should be guaranteed, especially when your rights as a parent are on the line, writes Kenyon Lee Whitman.

Parental Rights for Those Involved in Foster Care

5/26/2022

A Call for Black Joy

Kenyon Lee Whitman urges Black people to seek moments of joy In the aftermath of yet another racist tragedy in America.

Interrogating the Systems that Force Foster Youth to be Resilient

4/27/2022

Interrogating the Systems that Force Foster Youth to be Resilient

We can’t keep celebrating “resilient” foster youth if we are not actively removing the systems in place that marginalize them, writes Kenyon Lee Whitman.

Interrogating the Systems that Force Foster Youth to be Resilient

3/30/2022

Every Month is Black History Month

Many in the child welfare space are quick to say Black Lives Matter, but opinion writer Kenyon Lee Whitman asks: Where are the policies aimed at anti-racism, family unification and permanence for Black children?

Parental Rights for Those Involved in Foster Care

2/28/2022

How to Legislate Love with Connection and Family Unification

We need policies that guarantee better fiscal commitments to youth who experience foster care, but we also must figure out how to better legislate around love and family connection, writes Kenyon Lee Whitman

Parental Rights for Those Involved in Foster Care

1/27/2022

Setting an Equity-minded Policy Agenda for People who Experienced Foster Care

We need policies that address equity in housing and education for those who have experienced foster care, writes Kenyon Lee Whitman.

Parental Rights for Those Involved in Foster Care

12/27/2021

Unpacking How Higher Education Infantilizes Foster Youth

Let' not create foster care 2.0 on a college campus by preemptively knighting ourselves as their guardians.

Parental Rights for Those Involved in Foster Care

11/22/2021

The Holidays Aren’t Always a Celebration. It’s Much More Complicated for Foster Youth

I was driving through my neighborhood recently, and saw someone hanging up Christmas lights. I said to myself, “It’s not even Halloween, yet.” It was barely October and I was already growing tired and in some ways beginning to resent the holiday season. 

12/2/2020

The Disenfranchisement of Black Foster Youth

Black foster youth are caught in a nexus of incarceration which is formed by their engagement with child welfare, education and policing. Our recent brief published by UCLA’s Black Male Institute on Los Angeles County public schools serves to elucidate these grim realities.

8/8/2016

Unapologetically Family

Every year I try to host a Friendsgiving, a tradition I started in undergrad. While not all of the same people show up, the purpose of the evening remains; it is meant to be a space to be with those I chose to call my family.

2/25/2016

There Is No Expiration Date on My Foster Care Experience

I was recently having a conversation with a friend who also grew up in foster care. Now that we are older, we feel our voices and stories are no longer “useful” to the foster care support community.