Shattered Bonds: The Color of Child Welfare

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Shattered Bonds: The Color of Child Welfare

Dorothy E. Roberts

Publisher: Basic Civitas BooksFormat: Paperback

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.

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