Kelley Fong

Kelley Fong, UCI assistant professor of sociology writes, “In the US, CPS [child protective services] puts hundreds of thousands of parents each year through this devastating experience. Certainly, these parents are often experiencing substantial adversity; they cannot always meet children’s needs in their current circumstances. Nevertheless, all deserve to be treated with dignity; all ought to have a say. Instead, the state exerts power: not only through direct force – taking children – but also by subjecting mothers to a system that disciplines and disregards them. Because CPS intervention is concentrated among marginalized groups, poor women of color in particular are further destabilized and marginalized.”

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