Showing posts from December, 2018

Reasonable Efforts In An Unreasonable World

Why Not Offer Her A Chair?

The Hidden Challenges of Telling Separation-Into-Foster-Care Stories

I thought I knew a lot about how the child protection system puts families at risk. I have been a family defender for almost 35 years. I had, as a matter of fact, just written a book (They Took the Kids Last Night: How the Child Protection System Puts Families at RiskABC-Clio, November 2, 2018 release date). I thought, too, that I knew— intellectually if not from a first-hand lived experience—the many different ways a family can suffer long-lasting trauma from even a short separation. Of course, I was wrong.
When my book came out, I naturally wanted to celebrate with the families who had generously allowed me to tell their stories, in the course of relating my own experience as their lawyer. So as soon as a box of my book was delivered to my house, I invited the families to come to my home for a small celebration where they could get their own inscribed copies and meet each other.
The families who had participated with me in my book project had a lot in common, and some of them alread…