● The book is called Prison by Any Other Name: The Harmful
Consequences of Popular Reforms. One of these prisons is the child
welfare system. That part of this
important book is excerpted
by In These Times.
● An aunt writes
in Rise about what the racism that
permeates child welfare has done to three generations of her family.
●Elizabeth Brico writes
in Rewire News about still another way child welfare
agencies destroy families – including her own: By making parents homeless. She
homelessness is a common phenomenon known among parent attorneys and advocates
as a weapon wielded by caseworkers and judges, who can impose it upon parents
● I discussed the harm inflicted on children by the bad
child welfare system in Oregon on
Jefferson Public Radio …
●…and I have an
op-ed column in the Arizona Republic
about the even worse system in Arizona. (You know, the one where some
caseworkers wore T-shirts emblazoned with the words “professional kidnapper.”)
● In one case where those sorts of words were backed up by
action, a father finally got his child back. As
the Republic reports:
What's the cost of
losing out on the first five years of your child's life?
For one father, it's
$25 million. Donald Williams Jr. is suing the state in federal court after his
parental rights were cut off, then restored, in a child-welfare case that
lasted nearly five years and stretched over two states.