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CFCC Symposium on

Protecting Family Integrity

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Dorothy Roberts and

Andrea James

will offer a keynote

conversation to kick off

CFCC’s symposium on

protecting family integrity.

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Thursday, September 29, 2022

8:30am - 5:00pm

Byron L. Warnken Moot Courtroom

The University of Baltimore School of Law John and Frances Angelos Law Center

This is a Free Event, Registration is required.

Register now to reserve your place at this free day-long symposium.

CFCC’s 2022 Symposium focuses on some of the causes and consequences of family separation in our country. 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.

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Dorothy Roberts is the George A. Weiss University Professor of Law and Sociology and the Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Professor of Civil Rights at the University of Pennsylvania and an award-winning author and expert on the interplay of gender, race, and class in legal issues concerning reproduction, bioethics, and child welfare. Her latest book, TORN APART: How the child welfare system destroys black families—and how abolition can build a safer world, will be on sale, and she will sign copies at the event.

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Andrea James is the Founder and Executive Director of the National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls, the Founder of Families for Justice as Healing, author of Upper Bunkies Unite: And Other Thoughts On the Politics of Mass Incarceration, a 2015 Soros Justice Fellow, and a recipient of the 2016 RFK Human Rights award.

Why Focus on Family Separation?

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

What is a Family?

 

Truancy Court Program students in 6th and 7th grades responded with submissions to the TCP Art Contest. You can view all of the submissions on our online gallery. All of the submissions will also be displayed at the CFCC Symposium in September. 

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INFORMATION

University of Baltimore

John and Frances Angelos

Law Center

1401 North Charles Street

Baltimore, Maryland 21201

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