Every day in the United States, our government separates children from their parents. These separations may be based on parents’ incarceration, or due to interventions by the child welfare system. The majority of the families separated by government intervention are racial minorities and economically underprivileged.
Regardless of why children are separated from their parents, the impact is severe, and the effects are felt throughout their lives. When a decision is made to remove children from their family, they have no say in the matter and may not understand why this is happening to them. Children separated from their parents grieve and struggle in many areas of their lives. They face setbacks academically, emotionally, and economically.
In our first return to an in-person gathering since 2019, CFCC focuses on the causes and consequences of family separation in our country. This day-long event is an opportunity for lawyers, students, impacted people advocates, activists, teachers, social workers, judges, scholars, and community members to talk about approaches to preventing separation when possible and dealing with the consequences to minimize harm on children when separation occurs.
Please save the date for this important day-long conversation on an issue that has disproportionate effects on our most vulnerable children. The symposium’s multidisciplinary, interactive panels will focus on two critical challenges that can lead to the separation of children from their families—parental incarceration and interventions by child welfare authorities.
Register now to join us for this free event to explore how we can apply insights from different disciplines to the challenges facing at-risk families in Baltimore and across the country to develop approaches that will help families and children stay together and thrive