Illinois on Cusp of Bias Training Requirement for Mandated Child Welfare Reporters

Illinois teachers and others who look after children in a nonparental role may soon have to be taught how to recognize and eliminate their own racial and ethnic biases as mandated reporters of potential child abuse and neglect.


Young, Gifted, & Black

Sade Daniels presents her poem Young, Black & Gifted, an artistic critique of the present treatment of Black girls in American foster care


The Privilege of Innocence: Ma’Khia Bryant and The Adultification of Black Girls in Foster Care

There is no perfect way to be a child in foster care. As a 30-year-old Black woman and foster youth alumni, I reflect daily on my decisions as a traumatized youth in care and the grace that was not always granted to me.


We Need a New System That Values Black Families

The child welfare system has historically over-policed Black and brown families, and provided subpar care for Black and brown children. Focused more on separation than family preservation, America’s “child protective system” has been rooted in injustice and racist ideology that punishes the poor and families of color.


From One Parent to Another: A Letter to Paula Bryant

Angela Braxton, a Black parent who experienced the removal of her children, writes an open letter to Paula Bryant about her child's death.


The Space Between Life, Death and Opportunity: When I Was 16

Amnoni Myers provides the introduction to this series of essays and poems reflecting on the death of Ma'Khia Bryant while in Ohio foster care

As New York legalizes marijuana, parent advocates push child welfare agencies to be less punitive


As New York Legalizes Marijuana, Parent Advocates Push Child Welfare Agencies to Adapt

New York has become the 16th state to legalize recreational marijuana. And the new law makes clear that parents should not be judged for using it.

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Penn State Awards Equity-Minded Scholarships for Child Welfare Study

Penn State University junior Lani Rosenbaum and sophomore Janiyah Davis.
Two Penn State University students have been named as recipients of an inaugural scholarship intended to address ethnic and racial disparities within the foster care system.


New York City Lawmakers, Moms Push Sweeping Changes to Child Maltreatment Reporting System

Lawmakers joined New York City parents Monday for a virtual rally in support of an ambitious reform package that would bar anonymous child abuse and neglect reports, arm parents with Miranda-style rights when they are accused and require written consent for drug testing new and expecting mothers in hospitals.