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Like The Sky Being Blue
When I started working in child welfare, I was shocked by the institutional racism.

Before I began an internship as a social work student at the Child Welfare Organizing Project in East Harlem, I had no idea what the words “child welfare system” even meant. I grew up in Westchester County, New York. The families I knew had the means to deal with issues like substance abuse and domestic violence behind closed doors.>>>Read More

Illustration by Elizabeth Sanchez  

At the Table
Involving parent advocates before removal can help prevent unnecessary placements.

Around the country, a number of child welfare agencies are beginning to partner with communities to keep kids of color out of foster care. In 2007, NYC’s Administration for Children Services partnered with the parent advocacy organization Child Welfare Organizing Project on a new approach—offering parents at risk of removal the support of another parent who has dealt with the child welfare system.>>>Read More

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Rise Issue #27 Fall 2014
Facing Race in Child Welfare

Children of color—especially Black and Native American children—enter foster care at higher rates than White children and stay in care longer. Research in some places has found that, even when cases are similar, families of color are treated differently than White families.

Change is possible when child welfare systems, parents and communities confront race in child welfare and take action. This issue explores parents’ perspectives and roles in reform.>>>Read More

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