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Reform within the “child welfare” system is widely discussed due to the systems prejudicial nature. The system is called many names: the family policing system, the family regulation system, and the family destruction system.] Many Black and Brown families, specifically, struggle with systemic racism embedded in the “child welfare” system that causes constant fear that minor flaws will lead to family separation.] While many activists call for the system to be abolished, many supporters of abolition understand that the goal can only be achieved through reforms that hold the perpetrators accountable. However, many activists have had little luck fixing a system that is so broken, as reform legislation constantly fails due to new horror stories of child harm and neglect that flood the media. Child deaths, such as that of Jace Eubanks, that force the media to call for stricter regulations, however, are rare.

This post was originally published on the Cardozo Journal of Equal Rights and Social Justice website on December 5, 2022. The original post can be accessed via the Archived Link button above.

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