1:00–2:30pm EDT; 12:00–1:30pm CDT; 11:00am–12:30pm MDT; 10:00–11:30am PDT; 9:00–10:30am AKDT; 7:00–8:30am HAST
This webinar is sponsored by: NACC
The child protection system is supposed to protect children from abuse and neglect and promote their health and well-being. But that system tends to confuse poverty with genuine neglect, impoverishing the families who are the targets of its intervention in the process and causing deterioration in children’s stability and prospects for self-sufficiency. This discussion, with housing and child welfare advocates and academics working in the child welfare and poverty law arenas in the US, will focus on the many respects in which the child protection system contributes to child and family poverty. Topics will include: how child protection systems misidentify and mistreat poverty; how race, national origin, and class bias intensify the maltreatment of families; how child abuse registers operate as employment blacklists in the low-income work force; economic security issues facing children aging out of foster care; and how policies that criminalize poverty operate unchecked in child protection systems in the US.