Study shows how even when everyone wants the system to work, it leaves families worse off.
Dr. Fong has a new, even more extensive study out. For this one, she effectively “embedded” with the Connecticut Department of Children and Families, doing more than 100 interviews with caseworkers, family members and mandated reporters. The result is an indictment of our entire overpoliced, surveillance-state approach to child welfare.
summary published by the Council on Contemporary Families. But I hope
readers won’t stop there. The middle
portion of the full study, published in the American Sociological Review,
where we read about some of the families caught up in the system, is great
journalism. It starts on Page 11 with
the section called “Gaby’s
And yet, the family still was left worse off.