A group of youth advocates were tasked with discussing their experiences in the child welfare system as children and their perspectives on reforming the system. Informed by their experiences in foster care and work with the Juvenile Law Center, the youth advocates addressed issues of racism, reform, abolition, and child well-being. They concluded that meaningful reform of the child welfare system mandates a radical realignment of power to provide full participation, collaboration, and shared decision-making authority to families impacted by the child welfare system.
Youth advocates, child welfare system, abolition, reform, child-wellness
Columbia Journal of Race and Law
Hopkims, Marcia; Finck, Kara; Christopher, British; Price, Duane; Simpson, Anthony; and Watson, Ishale, "Youth and Families Matter: Reconstructing the System One Youth At a Time from the Expertise of Youth Advocates" (2022). All Faculty Scholarship. 3183.