Webinar: Policing by Another Name: Mandated Reporting as State Surveillance

Black communities, communities of color, and those living in poverty are overrepresented in many systems, including the foster system, that claim to support and protect.

Creating the conditions in which families and communities can thrive means keeping families together and reimagining what support looks like, how harm and accountability are understood and addressed, and who should be leading the way forward.  

Black communities, communities of color, and those living in poverty are overrepresented in many systems, including the foster system, that claim to support and protect.

Watch a recording of the second webinar in our Spotlight on the Foster System series, held on November 14, 2020. Please note that an important correction is now reflected in the slides, which are available here. Refer to slide 8 for more information.

Panelists included:

Charity Tolliver, Founder and Project Director of Black on Both Sides

Fallon Speaker, Director Jeanette Lipman Family Law Clinic, Assistant Clinical Professor of Law

Shrounda Selivanoff, BAS, Director of Public Policy, Children’s Home Society of Washington

Elena Gormley, MSW student, University of Illinois at Chicago Jane Addams College of Social Work


This webinar was the second in a four-part series produced by the Shriver Center to spotlight various aspects of the foster care system. See also:

Moving from Why to How: Parent Leaders’ Perspectives on the Movement for Child Welfare Justice

The Carceral Web: How the Foster and Criminal Legal Systems Perpetuate Injustice

Your Family or Its Health: Intersections Between the Healthcare and Foster Systems

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We center parents in advocating for policies and laws that strengthen families and end the harmful removal of children from their homes.

Our polices and laws must value families, center communities, and end racial inequities.

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