Why Foster Care Will Not Save Our Black Children
Although we know Black children are overrepresented in foster care, present conversation largely ignores the actual interaction of race and child welfare.
October 14, 2020 at 4:36 am
Co-written with Akin Abioye, Demontea Thompson and Deshunna Ricks
There have been many recent calls to defund the police and increase investment in social services. However, these calls for increased investment in social services should take caution as it relates to the child welfare system. This system has and continues to operate within a paradigm of anti-Blackness and further strengthens a culture of white supremacy and colonial imperialism. Foster care will not save Black children because of its racist practices, its criminalization of children and its maintenance and dependence on capitalism.