Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Responding to the Big Lie of American child welfare

O.K., this time it's personal.  An excerpt from my latest column, originally published in the Chronicle of Social Change:

After 40 years of following this issue, 26 of them as an advocate, I’ve about had it with seeing people who invent outstanding alternatives to foster care such as the Homebuilders Intensive Family Preservation Services program, and people who put their careers on the line every day fighting to transform child welfare systems being stigmatized and stereotyped as being less concerned about child protection than all those people who built the terrible system we have now. The kind of people who gave us this hellscape, and this one, and this one; people who almost always mean well but nevertheless keep right on destroying in children “whatever it is that makes people human.”

Read the full column here