Shattered Bonds: The Color of Child Welfare

Front Cover
Basic Books, 2002 - Political Science - 341 pages
4 Reviews
Shattered Bonds is a stirring account of a worsening American social crisis--the disproportionate representation of black children in the U.S. foster care system and its effects on black communities and the country as a whole. Tying the origins and impact of this disparity to racial injustice, Dorothy Roberts contends that child-welfare policy reflects a political choice to address startling rates of black child poverty by punishing parents instead of tackling poverty's societal roots. Using conversations with mothers battling the Chicago child-welfare system for custody of their children, along with national data, Roberts levels a powerful indictment of racial disparities in foster care and tells a moving story of the women and children who earn our respect in their fight to keep their families intact.
  

What people are saying - Write a review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - kyuuketsukirui - LibraryThing

This is an excellent analysis of the US child welfare system and how ridiculously broken it is. While the general view of foster care is that children are only taken from their families when they are ... Read full review

Review: Shattered Bonds: The Color Of Child Welfare

User Review  - Quin Rich - Goodreads

In this gripping account of the racial injustices perpetuated by the child welfare system, Roberts powerfully argues for a transformation of child welfare policy from its current punative, "rescue ... Read full review

Contents

Facing the Racial Reality of Child Welfare
vi
THE COLOR OF AMERICAS CHILD WELFARE SYSTEM
8
THE SYSTEMS INFERIOR TREATMENT OF BLACK CHILDREN
11
TRACING THE DISPARITY TO BLACK CHILD POVERTY
26
Is RACISM THE CAUSE?
48
THE SYSTEMS FUNDAMENTAL FLAW
75
A RACIST INSTITUTION?
93
THE ASSAULT ON FAMILY PRESERVATION
105
WELFARE REFORM ENDING AID TO POOR CHILDREN
174
LOCKING UP PARENTS AND CHILDREN
201
PROTECTION OF FAMILY RIGHTS
226
A THEORY OF GROUPBASED HARM
229
CHILD WELFARE AND SOCIAL JUSTICE
268
Notes
278
Acknowledgments
318
Index
322

WHY FAMILY PRESERVATION FAILS
134
Is ADOPTION THE ANSWER?
150

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2002)

Dorothy Roberts is a professor at Northwestern University School of Law and a fellow at the university's Institute for Policy Research. She lives with her family in Evanston, Illinois.