Driven by evidence that child welfare decision-makers judge parents of color more harshly and are more likely to remove their children, there is growing interest in a program that proposes to weed out racial bias when social workers weighing allegations of abuse and neglect decide whether to remove a child from their parents.
Groups Fighting for Black Lives Highlight Juvenile Justice, Child Welfare Systems
In a Victory for Youth Advocates, Los Angeles Cuts School Police Budget by 36%
Despite a bitterly divided school board, the Los Angeles Unified School District voted on Tuesday to strip $25 million from its school police department, after mounting protests have highlighted the experiences of Black students on campus.
Publisher’s Note: Silence Can be Complicity in Violence Against Black Families
It didn’t take George Floyd’s killing at the hands of the police for me to recognize that I have been complicit in state-executed violence against black families. But it did take his murder and the protests that have roiled the nation since to compel me to articulate it, which is shameful.
To Eliminate Racial Bias, Child Welfare Breakthrough Tells us to Try Colorblindness
This story was published in partnership with the magazine Washington Monthly. A few times a month, in an unmarked white office building on Long Island, a group of Nassau County government employees discuss which children they should separate from their parents.