System Reforms Have Failed – Time For Abolition

17 Sep 2020
11:00 am

System Reforms Have Failed – Time For Abolition


Black and Native children are over-surveilled, over-policed, and over-removed by the child welfare system. Decades of attempts at reform have failed to address this. Now is the time to abolish this system in favor of something inherently anti-racist that prioritizes support, not dissolution, of families.

The Center for the Study of Social Policy and the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work have launched upEND, a collaborative movement that works to re-imagine a society where the forcible separation of children from their parents is no longer an acceptable intervention for families in need. We do this through strategic alliances that foster anti-racist practices to keep children safe and protected in their homes and communities. This workshop will address the need for this movement, and the strategies that can be taken to achieve a new vision for child welfare where families are strengthened and supported, rather than surveilled and separated.

Learning Objectives

This workshop will provide an understanding of the following:

  • Understand the harm that occurs when Black and Native children and families interact with the system.

  • Identify strategies for moving toward the abolition of the system.

  • Examine Ideas for anti-racist re-imagining of how we ensure child, family, and community well-being.