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

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.

Unfortunately, a recording of this third webinar in our Spotlight on the Foster System series, held on December 9, 2020, is not available. Please download the slides for more information.

Panelists included:

  • Victoria Copeland, MSW, UCLA Ph.D Student
  • Dinah Ortiz-Adames
  • Jeremy Lemmons, Assistant Public Defender, Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender
  • Leah Gasser-Ordaz, Juvenile Justice Fellow, UCLA School of Law

Moderator:

  • Patrice James, Director of Community Justice at the Shriver Center

Additional Resources

Dorothy Roberts, Shattered Bonds: The Color of Child Welfare (2002)

“Abolition Is the Only Answer”: A Conversation with Dorothy Roberts, Rise Magazine, October 20, 2020

Victoria Copeland, The Complicity of Academia in Policing of Families, The Imprint, October 20, 2020

Dina Ortiz-Adames, Uplifting Every Voice–Together we can change the perception of parents created by the child welfare system, Rise Magazine, October 2, 2018


This webinar was the third 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

Policing by Another Name: Mandated Reporting as State Surveillance

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

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