Last fall, after the tragic death of Zymere Perkins, a child whose family was repeatedly investigated by the NYC child welfare system, many news outlets advanced a familiar narrative of monstrous parents and failing caseworkers — and suggested that investigators had become too hesitant about removing children from their homes.
Now Jezebel is publishing a five-part series drawn from Rise to get at the real stories of families under investigation, writing: “For poor women and children of color, child welfare is perhaps the most invisible civil rights issue of our time.
READ THE SERIES:
In the comments section, discussion was harsh and uninformed. We hope our readers will share, tweet and discuss this series widely to contribute to a growing dialogue about the role of child welfare in poor families and communities.