As of October 1, 2021, there are 58,072 children in California who have an open child welfare or probation supervised placement within the so-called child welfare system. The child welfare system, or more accurately, the family regulation system, breaks apart families, and punishes marginalized people. The system is rooted in a history of state sanctioned racial violence. Specifically, the racist family regulation system disproportionally targets Black families endangering the well-being and safety of Black children for generations to come. In practice, the family regulation system shatters the lives of both children and adults by exposing families to long lasting generational trauma, negatively impacting both the physical and mental health of all involved.
Through a collective power we strive to urge California legislatures to take action to protect families from the oppressive practices of the family regulation system. We believe in empowering families across California, and that is why we are introducing a family bill of rights, to protect our children and their futures.