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Outside of the traditional foster care system exists a shadow system of potentially hundreds of thousands of children removed by CPS to their relatives or family friends—without a court case, monetary support, or due process.
Dec 21, 2020
Some say their roles are already too close to those of law enforcement and are organizing for a radical rethinking of the profession.
Aug 20, 2020
Tens of thousands of children are in congregate care settings around the country, and some have already started to get sick.
May 05, 2020
Many programs for people on parole, probation, or supervision take place in group settings—the exact opposite of what public health officials are recommending in order to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Mar 27, 2020
Stories that uncritically blame child welfare agencies for the deaths of children at the hands of their parents can contribute to increases in child removals—with devastating consequences for families.
Jan 15, 2020
Dec 18, 2019
Rather than separating families, child ‘welfare’ agencies should help families get access to the care they need.
Nov 15, 2019
Two bills, awaiting Governor Andrew Cuomo’s signature, would help reduce the punitive impact of the child welfare system on kids and their families, including formerly incarcerated parents.
Nov 13, 2019
With Miriam Mack and Elizabeth Tuttle Newman of The Bronx Defenders
Adam H. Johnson
Sep 26, 2019
Even in states where use is decriminalized, child welfare systems continue to treat it as a sign of neglectful parenting, particularly among families of color.
Miriam Mack, Elizabeth Tuttle Newman
Sep 09, 2019
Tammy Scheurich, who lost three biological children in the Hart family crash last year, tells her story for the first time.
Feb 26, 2019
An Oklahoma woman is serving 18 months in prison after being accused of failing to protect her daughter from the girl’s dad.
Dec 18, 2018
Despite looming questions about what happened, Jhenea Pratt is now facing life without parole.
Oct 30, 2018
Washington case raises questions about the role of court appointed special advocates.
Sep 28, 2018
The Hart family’s apparent murder-suicide drew headlines, but the path to the tragedy started much earlier—in Texas.
Jul 12, 2018
May 17, 2018
Dorothy Roberts, Lisa Sangoi
Mar 26, 2018
Feb 23, 2018