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