Some Light Reading on Child Services

Hiya folks! It’s me Elizabeth Brico AKA Betty. I know, I know, I have not posted in farrrr too long. And I’m sorry to say, this won’t be a full post either. I have been doing a lot of work investigating various aspects of the child “welfare” system over the past several months, especially for my Reimagining Communities fellowship with the National Council and my journalism fellowship with Talk Poverty. I was recently in Washington D.C. speaking at Georgetown Law about the ways in which child services is not designed to help people with substance use disorders, and is actually harming families they claim to want to help. So, my message is gaining some traction, even while my own case continues to face the very corruption I am battling.

I am not going to write a full post today because I need to go back to researching my current paid assignments (sorry readers) but I want to share links to some of my recent work on child services. And I promise I will write a real post soon.

For now, some light reading on the vast corruption of child “protective” services in the United States:

In the Child Welfare System, Somebody’s Always Watching You:
https://talkpoverty.org/2019/11/01/child-welfare-somebodys-watching/

State Laws Can Punish Parents Living In Abusive Households:
https://talkpoverty.org/2019/10/25/failure-protect-child-welfare/

The Government Spends 10 Times More on Foster Care and Adoption Than Reuniting Families:
https://talkpoverty.org/2019/08/23/government-more-foster-adoption-reuniting/

State Laws Punish Pregnant People Just for Seeking Drug Treatment:
https://talkpoverty.org/2019/08/14/state-punish-pregnant-drug-treatment/

How Child Protective Services Can Trap the Parents They’re Supposed to Help:
https://talkpoverty.org/2019/07/16/child-protective-services-trap-parents/

Biased Algorithms Are Determining Whether Poor Parents Get to Keep Their Kids:
https://talkpoverty.org/2019/02/07/biased-algorithms-determining-whether-poor-parents-get-keep-kids/

Poverty Isn’t Neglect, But the State Took My Children Anyway:
https://talkpoverty.org/2018/11/16/poverty-neglect-state-took-children/

How Child Protective Services Can Skip Due Process:
https://talkpoverty.org/2018/08/23/child-protective-services-can-skip-due-process/

Florida Versus Evidence: How I Lost My Children Because of Past Drug Use:
https://www.thefix.com/florida-versus-evidence-how-i-lost-my-children-because-past-drug-use

Our Irrational Cruelty to Pregnant or Parenting People Who Use Drugs:
https://filtermag.org/our-irrational-cruelty-to-pregnant-or-parenting-people-who-use-drugs/

Six Months Since My Daughters Were Taken, Here’s How the System Punishes Past Drug Use:
https://filtermag.org/six-months-since-my-daughters-were-taken-heres-how-the-system-punishes-past-drug-use/

New Algorithms Perpetuate Old Biases In Child Welfare Cases:
https://undark.org/2018/09/20/new-algorithms-perpetuate-old-biases-in-child-welfare-cases/

And more to come… Thanks for reading!

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