Foster Care as Punishment: The New Reality of ‘Jane Crow’
New York Times – July 21, 2017
By Stephanie Clifford and Jessica Silver

“In interviews, dozens of lawyers working on these cases say the removals punish parents who have few resources. Their clients are predominantly poor black and Hispanic women, they say, and the criminalization of their parenting choices has led some to nickname the practice: Jane Crow.” Read More…

When Should a Child Be Take from His Parents?
The New Yorker – August 7, 2017
By Larissa MacFarquhar

“However disrespectful and invasive she is, whatever awful things she accuses you of, you must remember that child protection has the power to remove your kids at any time if it believes them to be in danger.” Read More…

Live in a Poor Neighborhood? Better Be a Perfect Parent.
New York Times – August 22, 2017
By Emma S. Ketteringham

“The problem is not that child services fails to remove enough children. It’s that the agency has not been equipped to address the daily manifestations of economic and racial inequality. Instead, it is designed to treat structural failings as the personal flaws of low-income parents.” Read More…

Foster care damages the health of mothers
The Conversation – November 1, 2017
By Elizabeth Wall-Wieler

“We found that among mothers who had a child taken into care, the number of mothers with depression, anxiety and substance use diagnoses was much higher in the years after their children were placed. ” Read More…

‘Living death’: Study suggests having kids in foster care bad for mothers
CBC News Manitoba – November 5, 2017

“Our research shows that the simple act of having a child taken into care can actually worsen these outcomes,” she said. “And so without the supports to try and prevent mother’s health from deteriorating, the stress of having a child taken into care can itself become a barrier in being able to be reunified with her child.” Read More…

Birth of a Family – Why Home is Important to Building Community for Canada’s Indigenous People
CBC Docs – November 19, 2017
By Tara Williamson

“There are currently more Indigenous children in the child welfare system than there were at the height of the residential schools’ era. Racist policies and attitudes of superiority are ingrained in the systems and structures meant to “protect” native children. There is still an underlying assumption that Indigenous mothers, families, and communities are not as good at raising our children as foster families, and ultimately the State.” Read More…

Stories From Inside the Child Welfare System – A Jezebel / Rise Magazine Series

‘In One Day I Had Lost Everything That Mattered to Me’
September 20, 2017

‘I’ve Always Been a Lioness When It Comes to My Children’
October 24, 2017

‘They Told Me They Knew What Was Best for Him’
October 13, 2017