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Testimony on Family Involvement in the Child Welfare System

Families experience Child Protective Services (CPS) as an invasive institution that surveils Black and Brown families and responds to shortcomings with punishment, instead of with resources and material support, all the while evading the due process protections we have long recognized as necessary in the criminal context. Meaningful change is urgently needed to protect families’ rights and dignity in the face of far-reaching government intrusion.

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