Somewhere in their heart every parent wonders what would happen if their family became involved with the child welfare system. How would your parenting style and skills appear to a stranger? Could your kids be taken away from you? Would you have a voice in the system?
The Social Justice Clinic at Fordham University’s Feerick Center recently got many of the child welfare stakeholders—including the Administration for Children’s Services and some its toughest critics—together to talk about how parent feedback might become a healthier part of the system. The focus wasn’t just on how to get parent feedback, but what to do with it—how to fold the insight of parents into policy.