Children Need Community Centers, not Detention Centers


Children Need Community Centers, not Detention Centers

Instead of prisons, I propose programs that won’t focus on punishment, but rather divert children onto the right path, writes Thalia Bernal.

Pursuing Peace Instead of Packing Prisons


Pursuing Peace Instead of Packing Prisons

Children who are placed in prisons are being traumatized when they should be receiving rehabilitation and education, writes Jessica Castillo.

Dorothy Roberts’ New Book Calls for Foster Care ‘Abolition’ to Better Protect America’s Children and Families


Dorothy Roberts’ New Book Expands Call for Foster Care ‘Abolition,’ Prompting Praise and Debate

In her most recent book, Dorothy Roberts says the child welfare system must be abolished and replaced, not reformed.


Abolition Movement is Right on Racism, But Not on Parsing Abuse and Neglect

On Jan. 13, federal authorities carried out the execution of Lisa Montgomery, who was convicted in 2007 of killing Bobbie Jo Stinnett. Stinnett was pregnant, but her baby survived the brutal attack.


Top Stories of 2020: The Abolition Movement in Child Welfare

The killing of George Floyd, and the summer of protests that followed this tragedy, spurred new conversations about the appropriate role of law enforcement. Child welfare systems, which lack the lethal force component of law enforcement but do police communities with the ability to break up families, got no amnesty from the discussion. 

Child Welfare Leaders Forge National Child Safety Partnership


What It Means to Abolish Child Welfare As We Know It

A family holding hands. Photo courtesy of Center for the Study of Social Policy
The trauma and harm to families and communities caused by intrusive child welfare system interventions is well documented by multiple sources – to the degree that many argue the system can be more accurately viewed as the family policing system, family regulation system, or foster care industrial complex.