Shattered Bonds: The Color Of Child Welfare

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Shattered Bonds: The Color Of Child Welfare

Shattered Bonds The Color Of Child Welfare Shattered Bonds is a stirring account of a worsening American social crisis the disproportionate representation of black children in the U S foster care system and its effects on black communities and

  • Title: Shattered Bonds: The Color Of Child Welfare
  • Author: Dorothy Roberts
  • ISBN: 9780465070596
  • Page: 237
  • Format: Paperback
  • Shattered Bonds is a stirring account of a worsening American social crisis the disproportionate representation of black children in the U.S foster care system and its effects on black communities and the country as a whole Tying the origins and impact of this disparity to racial injustice, Dorothy Roberts contends that child welfare policy reflects a political choice tShattered Bonds is a stirring account of a worsening American social crisis the disproportionate representation of black children in the U.S foster care system and its effects on black communities and the country as a whole Tying the origins and impact of this disparity to racial injustice, Dorothy Roberts contends that child welfare policy reflects a political choice to address startling rates of black child poverty by punishing parents instead of tackling poverty s societal roots Using conversations with mothers battling the Chicago child welfare system for custody of their children, along with national data, Roberts levels a powerful indictment of racial disparities in foster care and tells a moving story of the women and children who earn our respect in their fight to keep their families intact.

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    1. Quin Rich on said:

      In this gripping account of the racial injustices perpetuated by the child welfare system, Roberts powerfully argues for a transformation of child welfare policy from its current punative, "rescue-based" orientation towards a vision of community empowerment and collective concern for the well-being of all children. Detailing the coercive functions of the child welfare system on Black families, as well as it's links to racist criminal (in)justice and stigmatized welfare systems, Shattered Bonds i [...]

    2. Travis on said:

      This is an excellent analysis of the US child welfare system and how ridiculously broken it is. While the general view of foster care is that children are only taken from their families when they are abused or grossly neglected, the truth is that many children (especially black children) are taken from their families for no reason other than that they are poor. [return][return]And because regardless of how true it is for individual cases, as a whole, biological parents are coded as black and fos [...]

    3. Gaylynn on said:

      It was like Dorothy Roberts followed me around every day at work. Crazy and haunting and frustrating and outrageous. This book is a must-read.

    4. Sara Cat on said:

      Nice review of data about institutionalized racism in the foster care system by a law professor. Best chapter was the one on the history of welfare programs. Also important was the point about how many children are taken away directly as a result of poverty - under the rubric of "neglect" - when there isn't any harm done to kids by the parents, but, for example, they live in a home that is not up to code and don't have money to fix it. Somehow the system has come to the conclusion that expensive [...]

    5. Tannya on said:

      Again a required text book for one of my classes, and again a very good book. When you have 4 kids and life seems overwhelming reading books like this make me stop complaining, yelling at my kids, or not appreciating my husband. That might be one of the greatest aspects of reading really tough things like this book, in doing a real look at how great my life is in comparison to the many women in this book. Dorothy Roberts is a very compelling writer, although if you don't want to hear about issue [...]

    6. דינה נחמה on said:

      Overall the author makes good points about racism and its detrimental affects on black children and black families, as it pertains to child welfare. I agree with her that too many children are being removed, whether black or otherwise. I also agree that in order to address child welfare, we must address racism, poverty, and quit punishing people for being poor (or non-white). I do wonder though, if she's glossing over the number of children in the system who were actually abused in their home, a [...]

    7. Em on said:

      Roberts is occasionally a bit too extreme (and i think overreaches her hypotheses) but it's still an interesting read, and a good look at some of the problems within the current child welfare system. (If you're looking for an overview, I'd recommend supplementing the book with other references, like Conlan's discussion of new federalism in the welfare state and Bartholet's evaluation of the child welfare system).

    8. Anna on said:

      This book gave me A LOT to think over. Some of the points made in this book I just can't get behind. I was particularly bothered by what I perceive as a lax attitude toward neglect and not enough discussion about the drawbacks to focusing so heavily on family reunification as a goal in CPS cases. Still, I have to give this book credit for being very thought-provoking and making me want to learn more about the history of child welfare in the US.

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