Combating Oppression, Striving for Justice
Share and seek ideas for equity in child welfare services.
This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences.
Dr. Camara Jones shares four allegories on “race” and racism. She hopes that these "telling stories" empower you to do something different, and that you will remember them and pass them on.
Posted by Jon Pettigrew on May 6, 2015 at 12:47am
These updated guidelines provide guidance to State courts and child welfare agencies implementing the Indian Child Welfare Act's (ICWA) provisions in light of written and oral comments received during a review of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Guidelines for State Courts in Indian Child Custody Proceedings published in 1979. They also reflect recommendations made by the Attorney General's Advisory Committee on American Indian/Alaska Native Children Exposed to Violence and…Continue
Posted by Jon Pettigrew on May 6, 2015 at 12:41am
Rinku Sen President of Race Forward & Publisher of Colorlines introduces the "What Is Systemic Racism?" video series featuring their very own Jay Smooth.
Posted by Jon Pettigrew on May 6, 2015 at 12:29am
“Do child welfare researchers, policymakers, and practitioners believe that it is ethically acceptable to be involved in improving the efficacy of a system that takes these children without simultaneously being involved in remedying the problems that bring the children to the system?”
- Mark E. Courtney 1996
Courtney, M.E., Barth, R.P., Berrick, J., Brooks, D., Needell, B., & Park, L. (1996). Race and child welfare services: Past research and future directions. Child Welfare, 75 (2), 99-137.
A FOLK PARABLE...
Once upon a time in a riverside village, a woman noticed a shocking sight: a drowning baby, crying its lungs out, being washed downriver. She rushed to save it, rescuing the baby just before it went over the falls at the edge of town.
The next day there were two babies in the river; the day after, three more, then four. With the help of her neighbors, the woman saved them, too. When babies kept washing downstream, the village banded together, setting up a 24-hour rescue watch. Still the babies kept coming. So the community installed an elaborate alarm system and strung safety nets across the river but was still overwhelmed trying to save the babies.
Finally they asked the village wise man, who had the solution: “Let’s go upstream and see who’s throwing the babies in the river. If we stop them from being thrown in up there, we won’t have to rescue them down here.”
Ideally, some people should continue to rescue the drowning babies whilst others work to stop them being thrown in in the first place. By working together and exchanging information, change will be more effective and sustainable. Advocacy is important because it addresses the root causes of problems, leading to longer-term, more sustainable benefits for young people and their communities.