Black, Native, and, in many jurisdictions, Latine children are surveilled, policed, and disproportionately removed by the child welfare system.
Use this guide to analyze whether proposed reforms to family policing further entrench the family policing system or move us closer to the abolition of family policing.
The child welfare system is not a helping system. The system subjugates, surveils, regulates, and punishes families – families who are disproportionately Black and Indigenous.
For those interested in taking a self-guided course on family policing’s history, present, and abolitionist future, we invite you to explore this course. This syllabus is a companion to The upEND Podcast’s first season which will be published bi-weekly from September through December 2023.
This article discusses the intersection of Black feminism and the abolition of the child welfare system, and how Black feminism instructs us to be complicated in our analyses of systems of oppression.
This journal article describes the upEND Movement, a collaborative movement aimed at abolishing the child welfare system as we know it and reimagining how we as a society support child, family, and community safety and well-being.
By examining the roots of policies that separate families and their entanglement with racial prejudice and discrimination, this report makes the case that we must embrace an alternative path.